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  1. As noted above, it is important to start studying art history first. I recommend that you approach this process not only from the point of view of studying theory, but also from elementary practice. If you are reading about the art of Egypt, make a few simple sketches of people or animals in profile (a distinctive feature of Egyptian fine art), use blue (one of the traditional Egyptian colors). In this process, professionalism is not important, the distinctive feature of this method is to immerse yourself in art directly, by action. This will help you better perceive and consolidate information and make the process more fun.

  2. I disagree with the author above. Everyone has their own entry point to the world of art. You should be hooked on something and then you can expand your knowledge. Art is not a thing that needs to be studied. Art is something that the soul should lie to. It doesn't matter what it will be at the initial stage: Even if it is a popular movie. If you raise the bar and develop your taste, sooner or later you will come to something different, more complex and meaningful. And the study starting from the origins is already for those who are already decently hooked and everything is interesting.

    In general, find your entry point and start from it to move further complicating the task and raising the bar for the quality of this very art.

    It makes sense to study different styles and generally what kind of art happens and from this choose something that is interesting. Not necessarily in chronological terms or with some sophisticated system.

    And when the process is already started, you can also study the history of art following the same chronology, delve into some details, study most of it (that is, everything that E. Karell wrote about will be relevant)

    But immediately sitting down and learning art like a textbook is not an option. Art should be perceived as something interesting and exciting, and not as a dull lecture.

  3. As always, you need to start from the beginning, i.e. from the history. Many themes have their roots in the ancient mythology of different peoples, in their customs, etc. For example, to understand what the Magic Flute is about, you need to know at least a little bit about the history of Egypt, to understand ancient sculptures, you need to know the mythology of ancient Greece and Rome, and to appreciate Chinese vases, it would be nice to understand the history of China. Art is inextricably linked to history and is part of it, so that's where you should start. And then you can study styles and trends, various techniques, go to museums, etc. But without a story, all this will be divorced from reality.

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  1. Choose the picture that you like best, read about it and the author. Then about the era and time when it was written. In this way, you can get closer to understanding the time and the artist's plan.

    It is best to choose from those that can be seen “live”.

    Stand, consider, think. Create your own impressions and feedback.

  2. Go to the library and look through the albums “Hermitage”, “Louvre”, “Uffizi Gallery”, “Bosch”, “Van Gogh”, “Chagall”, museums of London-Washington-Venice, “Dali”, “Modigliani” and others.

    Repeat this raid every week or a couple of times a month.

  3. First, decide what exactly you want to study and what area you want to pay more attention to. It doesn't make sense to be sprayed on “ALL at ONCE” – it will turn out to be “everything and nothing”.

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