Themes in Art History + Understanding Formal Analysis:

  1. Sacred Space

  2. Images of Power/Authority and Rule/Propaganda

  3. Objects of Wealth and Status

  4. Ritual Objects of Belief

  5. Funereal Traditions, Death

  6. War and Violence

  7. Images of Identity - cultural, social, political

  8. Issues of Gender - masculine and feminine

  9. The Natural World

  10. Materials and their Symbolic Importance

  11. Visual / Conceptual

  12. The Ideal

  13. Individual vs. the Collective

  14. Humanist Tradition

  15. The Human Body

  16. Innovation: Materials & Techniques

  17. Change over time

  18. Sacred / Profane

  19. Social Commentary (began 18th c.)

  20. Narrative Art

  21. Artist as Subject

  22. Propaganda

  23. Individual and Society

  24. Diversity

Understanding Formal Analysis in Art History: