Art has emerged with human society already at Stone Age. Because through art we humans have learned about life, ourselves, and how to express ourselves through art.
The oldest piece of art is dated back to 700,000 BC.
Many great traditions in art have a foundation in the art of one of the great ancient civilizations: Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, India, China, Ancient Greece, Rome, and Maya.
The history of art is the history of any activity or product made by humans in a visual form for aesthetical or communicative purposes, expressing ideas, emotions or, in general, a worldview.
Iconoclasm is the destruction of art that is disliked for a variety of reasons, including religious ones.
Art has long been controversial, that is to say disliked by some viewers, for many reasons.
Purpose and meaning
Art has many different functions and reasons.
Basic human instinct (harmony, balance, rhythm)
Experience of the mysterious
Expression of the imagination
Ritualistic and symbolic functions
The exact meaning of the word "art" is stated the following.
Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture. Art is created to be appreciated for their beauty or to create a good emotional feeling to the viewer.
Forms of art
Form of art usually refers to the different elements of art that are independent of its significance. "Form of art" cover the methods adopted by the artist and the whole composition of the artwork. For example: color, contour, dimension, medium, melody, space, texture and value.