Styles of drawing through history; yikes, we could write forever on that one. Just go to the museum and look, then do it a few dozen more times and you will have a rough idea about styles of drawing through history.
You will see how artists have developed from the early cave drawings, to the flattened drawings attempting three-dimensional figures done by the Egyptians, to the very realistic sculpture done in ancient Greece (by folks who could certainly draw well), to the more primitive, flat religious images produced in the Middle Ages, to the interest in perspective and shape in the Renaissance, and to the fine attention to detail in Flemish paintings by the Old Masters, the strict tradition of studio work in the Classical Period.
Then, the Barbizon artists started painting outside of all things, and the first dissension occurred when the Impressionists started breaking loose. Then there was the heyday of Post-Impressionists, including the Nabis, Fauvists, Cubists, Expressionists, Dadaists, and all the rest of the ways that artists decided to explore and express, right into our recent century and the one we just entered, including the most recent versions of old schools and the "shock of the new."
The Art of Drawing
Art history books will put particular drawings into historical context and add interesting information about the artist or the period or the various schools of thought at the time. But don't take our word for it, take the word of a wonderful painter, Charles Demuth. "Look at that!" is all that can be said before a great painting, at least, by those who really see it.
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