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Art History : Ancient & Medieval Art: Search Terms



Pleidias (480 - 430 BC) Ancient Greek Sculptor

Scopas (c.395 - 350 BC) Ancient Greek Sculptor

Praxiteles (4th c. BC) Ancient Geek Sculptor

Lysippos (4th c. BC) Ancient Greek Sculptor

Hildegard of Bingen (1098 - 1179) German Medieval Manuscript Illuminator

Cimabue (1240 - 1302) Italian Byzantine Painter & Mosaicist

Duccio di Buoninsegna ( 1251? - 1319) Italian Gothic Painter

Giotti di Bondone (1266 - 1337) Italian Gothic Painter & Architect

Simone Martini (1285 - 1344) Italian Gothic Painter

Paolo Veneziano (1300 - 1362) Italian Medieval Painter

Donatello di Niccolo di Betto Bardi (c1386 - 1466) Italian Medieval Painter and Sculptor

Filippo Brunelleschi (1377 - 1446) Italian Medieval Architect



Search Term Suggestions

Search Term Suggestions


  • Ancient art ( or Byzantine, Gothic, Islamic, Romanesque )
    Ancient Egyptian art
    Ancient Greek art
    Cave paintings
    Egyptian temples
    Greek sculpture ( or statues)
    Greek vase painting
    Masks ( African, Eskimo, South Australian)
    Medieval art
    Minoan art
    Mycenenian art
    Mosaics (Byzantine)
    Near East art
    Paleolithic art (or palaeolithic)
    Persian calligraphy
    Prehistoric art
    Pyramids (Egyptian)
    Roman sculpture ( or statues)




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