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Art has changed completely over the years — from finger drawings on cave walls to contemporary art forms today.

One of the key differences between art today, otherwise known as Contemporary art, and older art is the freedom artists have to create whatever they want. Before the age of contemporary art, artists were thought of as artisans and did not simply paint whatever they felt like but were hired to paint specific things and had to paint what that specific era thought of as acceptable for art. Whether it was during the time of ancient Greece where they painted humans based on what they thought were the ideal proportions for the perfect human or during the time in Rome where paintings and sculptures reflected real people and had an exact likeness to the subject including all their faults or during the Byzantine era where nature had finally become an acceptable thing to paint and landscapes had become popular. Art used to be mostly religious too as only the church could afford to hire artists to paint for them. Most of Egypt’s art includes their animal headed gods or were of their pharaohs who were considered to be living gods. Art from Greece and Rome included many sculptures of their gods and goddesses and temples decorated to honor them. During the medieval era a lot of art that used to be acceptable was burned and only art approved by the King or ruler was allowed which was mostly exact copies of old religious paintings. However during the renaissance art was no longer strictly for churches or the rulers, rich nobles were able to hire artists to paint portraits or other paintings they wanted in their home. Art went from god centered to human centered and more and more art included people doing things typical of the time. However hired by a rich noble or the church artists had to meet their specifications, the person who hired them got to pick the materials and specify whatever details they wanted.

During the nineteenth century also known as the era of modern art. Art went from meticulous detail to including abstract, surrealism, cubism, and impressionism. It was the time of Pablo Picasso and the time when the famous Mona Lisa was painted. Then the definition of art was started to change as dancers, musicians, and others wanted to be considered artists. As the definition of art became more free because, the number of things that was considered art grew, artists gained more artistic freedom. Artists no longer became artisans or people with a specific skill you hired to do something for you but became more along the lines of philosophers, scientists, and writers. The value of a painting was no longer based on the materials used and size but based on who painted it. As this happens we move into todayś era of art, Contemporary art, which started in the late 20th century. Unlike all the eras of art before it, it, Contemporary art isn’t distinguished by a certain form of art like all previous eras were (modern art- abstract, surrealism, Greek- geometric, Renaissance- detailed, use of linear perspective)  but the lack of uniformity. Contemporary artists paint whatever they want using a wide arrange of styles, materials, and subjects and the definition of art has grown to include much more than sculptures and paintings but also everything from a ballet to a play to music.

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