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The Story of Painting

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Around 30,000 yrs ago, early cave painters drew with colored rocks ground into powder, sometimes mixed with animal fat or plant sap to make paint. Powder used like this to color paint is called…

A. pigment

B. acrylic

C. plaster

D. organic mash


Around 5000 yrs ago, Egyptians painted on the walls of tombs, temples and palaces following these strict rules…

A. Painting was purely decorative, free of religious symbolism.

B. They always showed things from the angle that was easiest to recognize, such as a frontal eye on a profile face.

C. Painting was an individual activity carried out in private.

D. Painting scenes of the afterlife were taboo so as not to curse the deceased.


About 4000 yrs ago, the Minoan people of ancient Greece discovered the still popular technique of painting onto wet plaster, known as…

A. glazing

B. faux finish

C. fresco

D. bas relief


By 2500 yrs ago, ancient Greece was producing great painters, sculptors, writers, scientists and philosophers. This time period and style was known as…

A. Modernist

B. Classical

C. Renaissance

D. Revolutionary


Around 2000 yrs ago, the Romans took over Greek civilization, but strongly admired Greek culture. Unlike Greek classical style, Roman painting differed in this way…

A. Emotions and tragedy were emphasized in subject matter.

B. Subjects were distorted and abstract.

C. Subjects were idealized, more beautiful than in reality.

D. Subjects were painted as they were, very realistically.


The end of the Roman empire meant struggles for land and power within Europe. This fighting and disruption of life had this effect…

A. Art and culture thrived among the people with artisans in high demand.

B. Art became very secular due to religious discontent.

C. Most people had no time for art and culture, except for some Christians who kept the tradition alive.

D. Foreign influences caused a ban on artisan travelers and the art trade.


In the 5th century, after the fall of the Roman empire, Byzantium painters made Christian paintings known as icons with these characteristics…

A. Religious subject simplified to look holy instead of lifelike, with gilded surfaces.

B. Realistic detail against a blackened background

C. Secular subjects in earthy settings and colors.

D. Large-scale murals with political overtones.


In 730, the Byzantine emperor worried that people were too fond of icons, not the holy people represented. So, he sent out men to rush into churches, past protesting crowds, to destroy the paintings. These “image-smashers” were known as …

A. patrons

B. renegades

C. Imperial warriors

D. iconoclasts


In the 600s, long before printing was invented, Christian monks made their own books by copying out all the words and pictures by hand, taking months, even years to copy just one book. These manuscripts contained intricate illustrations, painted in bright, jewel-like colors and gold leaf, called…

A. gilded books

B. etchings

C. illuminations

D. limited-edition prints


From 1000 on, people more time for religion, and monks and priests could educate ordinary people about the Bible. How did painters play an important role in this?

A. Most people could not read or write, so instead of books, artists painted Christian stories on church walls, ceilings, panels and window glass.

B. Religious paintings travelled from village to village to promote Christianity.

C. Painters would complete a painting during the sermon to illustrate the story.

D. Painters would illustrate within the margins of the Bible to enhance the readings.


In the 1400-1500s, there was a rediscovery of skills and ideas from the Classical times of European art and culture. This became known as the Renaissance, which means…

A. old ways

B. revolutionary

C. reformation

D. rebirth


In Netherlands during the 1400s, a new method of painting allowed painters more time to change, improve, and create translucent layers. The invention was…

A. fresco

B. oil paint

C. egg tempera

D. watercolor


By the 1500s, the Classical craze spread all over Europe. Which of the following is NOT true?

A. Classical scenes were even accepted into Christian churches.

B. Italian painter studied Greek and Roman writings, and sketched ancient statues for ideas.

C. Old Roman statues inspired the popular lifelike style.

D. Patrons, especially rich Italians, loved the hidden meanings and details within paintings.


Around 1413, a Florentine architect, Filippo Brunelleschi discovered a mathematical method of marking our space on a flat surface to create a realistic illusion of depth. This drawing technique is called…

A. optical illusion

B. tessellations

C. perspective

D. gridwork


What Italian Renaissance artist is known for the following? Inventing aerial perspective, designing inventions such as flying machines and mechanical weapons, studies in science and nature, and painting the Mona Lisa.

A. Michelangelo

B. Raphael

C. Uccello

D. Leonardo da Vinci


In the 1500s, protesters in northern Europe argued that religious leaders were becoming corrupt and preoccupied with luxury, including costly paintings. The Pope disagreed. Protestors became known as Protestants, and broke away to set up new churches. This period of division is known as…

A. Reformation

B. Reincarnation

C. The Great Revolution

D. The Great Divide


Especially in Northern Europe where religious art was scarce, artists began painting scenes of ordinary people in everyday life, and of arrangements of common objects. These paintings are called…

A. Portraiture, composition

B. common imagery, symbolism

C. Impressionism, photo collage

D. genre painting, still lifes


In the late 1700s, there were revolutions in France and America, and an Industrial Revolution in Britain. The way people lived was dramatically changing. Artists reacted by...

A. creating dramatic scenes from current events and past history with historically accurate detail. Even dramatic poems and dreams inspired inspiration.

B. avoiding political statements in their painting in order to increase sales.

C. creating serene, peaceful landscapes.

D. traveling to peaceful countries to avoid a ban on political painting.


In the 1830s, photography was invented. This encouraged artists to put more feelings and ideas into paint, and took the burden of creating life-like pictures off their shoulders. A new style of loose stroked painting led by French painters, Manet and Monet was rejected by the Paris Art show. They were called…

A. Expressionists

B. Modernists

C. Impressionists

D. Surrealists


Many Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters were experimenting with scientific color theories, outdoor painting and light effects, and creative brushstrokes. Which group of artists represent this revolutionary time in art?

A. Van Eyck, Botticelli, Raphael, da Vinci

B. Caravaggio, Vermeer, Rembrandt

C. Monet, Seurat, van Gogh, Gauguin

D. Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse, Malevich


In the 1900s, photography, radio and television, and two world wars inspired more innovation in art. French painter Paul Cezanne and Spanish painter Pablo Picasso painted their subjects as if from slightly different and fragmented angles to achieve depth. This style, showing how our eyes see objects as we move, developed into…

A. Realism

B. Photo Realism

C. Cubism

D. Fragmentation


Artists such as Matisse, Kandinsky and Malevich enjoyed arranging colors and shapes for their own sake without any recognizable subject. They believed their art could reach people’s ideas and feelings directly, as music does. What type of art is this?

A. Idealism

B. Realism

C. Abstract

D. Pointillism


During WWI (1914-18), strange art immerged using fragments of everyday objects to make pictures and sculptures that deliberately looked messy and meaningless. This inspired another unusual style placing lifelike ordinary objects into impossible situations in a dream-like way. These two art styles were called…

A. Fragmentation and Fantasia

B. Dada and Surrealism

C. Fragmentation and Op art

D. Surrealism and Fantasy art


In the 1960-70s, new printing methods, machines, and acrylic paints opened up non-traditional methods of creating images. American artists, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, drew inspiration from popular culture in the art called…

A. Photo Collage

B. Comic strips

C. Abstract Expressionism

D. Pop art


Making use of new technology is nothing new for painters. Throughout time, the most up-to-date tools available were used to create art. Which forms of technology are now being used to create art?

A. computers and scanners

B. all mentioned and more

C. lasers and cameras

D. photocopier and fax


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