Human beings throughout history have found countless ways to express themselves through different mediums. One such medium that has not reduced in significance even though its origins are ancient, is art. First seen during the Stone Age in cave paintings, art was a way in which cave people expressed themselves and what went on in their surroundings, while also leaving a legacy for those in the future to examine and interpret.
Cave paintings were usually created with pigments created by crushing up leaves, flowers, and even using tree bark and tree sap, mixed with water and oils, and were painted using fingers or sticks. This precursor to art and its existence is evidence to show that the tie between art and man is an immense and far reaching one.As learning and technology advanced, art itself progressed. The Renaissance, possibly the most famous and influential periods of history in terms of art and learning for recycled timber table, saw the expansion and advancement of art, science, and music.
Knowledge was easily sharable and wise spread, due to texts being translated in to other languages, and was fuelled by the mass availability of books and manuscripts (previously only available to priests and churches due to their rarity) made available after the invention of the Gutenberg printing press.The Renaissance also saw the use of varied new mediums and materials to create art. One such medium was marble, and sculpture was a significant element of art. Even in the modern day, marble restoration takes place regularly, to maintain ancient findings by masters such as Michelangelo and Bernini, and to restore new findings.
This growing progress and advancement in knowledge and learning also encouraged the development of art, and another highly successful medium was oil paint along with wooden furniture. Masterpieces by greats such as Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli saw the development of paintings and murals, and the growth of the art world. Da Vinci, a genius in mathematics, engineering, physics, warfare, and any other areas, incorporated art into every project he undertook, including wartime weaponry, that he crafted in aesthetically pleasing ways. His designs for machines and inventions are found in his notebooks, now a prized piece of history, where his skilful talents as an artist could again be seen.
The world of art also saw attention later being turned to styles such as Impressionism. Famous artists of this era that created the field itself, included celebrated artists such as Monet, Degas, and Manet. They are considered to have collectively created and popularized the impressionist movement. The Post-impressionist period also saw the works of celebrated artists such as Van Gogh, with his works being influenced by artists such as Rembrandt.Modern art was seen to grow under the creative eye of the Picasso and Matisse, with focus on Cubism and Surrealism.