Art is Life

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Throughout all of known human civilization man has used art as a form of communication to express ideas, emotions, and experiences that speak to each individual differently. What is beautiful about art is not always the way it is created, but rather the way that a certain piece has deeper meaning that portrays the constantly changing world around the artist. Society is like an organism: always growing and morphing, and though it may look the same as it once did, it becomes an entirely different being. With this, for better or for worse, people will always adapt; the time is constantly shifting, and humanity rises above and beyond, resilient, yet at the same time soft and malleable, shaped and sculpted like clay on a pottery wheel. With the external changes humanity has experienced throughout thousands and thousands of years of history, internally we are influenced just as radically. Art, in this sense, becomes a means of interpreting and understanding life. These changes we go through as a society lead into what we call eras. Simply put, an era is a chronological period of time that marks the beginning of a significant event or change. These can come in many forms, such as geological shifts that occur in a certain period of time, or in our case, in forms of art. Major art movements can be chronologically categorized in five generalized terms: Ancient art (30,000 B.C. to 400 A.D.), medieval to early renaissance art (400-1400 A.D.), renaissance to early modern art

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