Art history spans all the historical past of humankind, from prehistoric occasions to the twenty-first century. This monastic community quickly turned a major patron of the arts, attracting numerous scribes and painters into its scriptoriums to create a series of more and more ornate illuminated gospel manuscripts : examples include: the Cathach of Colmcille (c.560), the Book of Dimma (c.625), the Durham Gospels (c.650), the Book of Durrow (c.670), and the supreme Book of Kells (additionally known as the Ebook of Columba), thought-about to be the apogee of Western calligraphy.
Celtic tradition , primarily based on exceptional trading skills and an early mastery of iron, facilitated their gradual expansion throughout Europe, and led to two kinds of Celtic artwork whose artifacts are known to us by means of several key archeological sites in Switzerland and Austria.
The Parthenon on the Acropolis advanced in Athens is the supreme example of classical Greek architecture: other well-known examples embody: the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Hephaistos, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Theatre at Delphi, and the Tholos Temple of Athena Pronaia.
Starting in the mid-twentieth century, a tradition of contemporary artwork began in Cambodia, although in the later 20th century each conventional and fashionable arts declined for several causes, together with the killing of artists by the Khmer Rouge The country has skilled a latest creative revival on account of increased support from governments, NGOs, and foreign tourists.
Although by the early 1st Millennium CE most pagan Celtic artists had been totally absorbed into the Roman Empire, their traditions of spiral, zoomorphic, knotwork and interlace designs later resurfaced and flourished (600-1100 CE) in many types of Hiberno-Saxon artwork (see below) such as illuminated Gospel manuscripts, non secular metalwork, and High Cross Sculpture.