The development of painting in history. Psychological stages and sequential epochs

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Oesterdiekhoff G.W.
Dux G.
Hummell H.-J.

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Ancient and medieval painting diverged a lot from Renaissance and post-Renaissance painting. Depth, three-dimensional space, measurements of sizes and distances, color shades, shadows, oblique views, etc. were missing in the former periods of art. Painting developed not only the central perspective but also many more new features during the early modern times. It will be demonstrated that Piagetian psychology helps to understand these changes in the history of painting. The preoperational stage concerning the spatial understanding explains the main features of ancient painting. Further, the establishment of the concrete operational stage in the mind of people and artists during the early modern times caused the well-known transformation of painting. Altogether, not any change of values or modes of thought, not any fortuitous conventions or invention of new techniques but psychological stage advancements played the main part in the history of painting.

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Oesterdiekhoff, G., Dux, G., & Hummell, H.-J. (2019). The development of painting in history. Psychological stages and sequential epochs. International Journal of Anthropology, 34(3-4), 157-180. https://doi.org/10.14673/IJA2019341049
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