Currently presenting world art from Metropolitan Museum dating 20,000 BC to 1400 AD, the Timeline of Art History can be navigated from a timeline, maps, or the thematic index. To orient by date or geography, proceed from the timeline itself to the World Map, and select a region such as North America 1000 - 1400 AD. An overview page lists characteristic developments of the time period (e.g., pueblos in New Mexico in 1000). Small images of contemporary art, in this case a black and white Mimbres bowl, link to larger images with full descriptions. To approach by art historical topics, start at the thematic index, and proceed to definition pages such as The Cult of the Virgin, which includes a 10th century Greek ivory icon depicting the Virgin, a French wooden sculpture of the Virgin and child (1200 AD), and a leaf from an Italian 14th century manuscript that shows the birth of the Virgin in an initial G. There are also links back to related spots on the timeline from definition pages. Viewers should check back frequently, though, because the timeline will eventually reach to the present day.


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