Periods in Western art history

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This is a chronological list of periods in Western art history. An art period is a phase in the development of the work of an artist, groups of artists or art movement.

Ancient Classical art[edit]

Medieval art[edit]


Baroque to Neoclassicism[edit]


Romanticism to modern art[edit]

Modern art[edit]

Note: The countries listed are the country in which the movement or group started. Most modern art movements were international in scope.

Contemporary art[edit]

Contemporary art – 1946–present

Note: there is overlap with what is considered "contemporary art" and "modern art."

See also[edit]