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On The yARTstick, the history of painting of the last 2000 years is depicted in 58 selected pictures. The selection process has yielded a mixture of world famous as well as lesser known motifs, which together express the most important themes, techniques and temperaments. The line of images illustrates the development through the centuries: From Roman funeral art and mosaics in the first centuries AD, through works of Islamic, Chinese and Mayan art, into the Renaissance and on to the modern era. Details of eyes and hands are recurring motifs throughout the two millenniums.
On one side of The yARTstick folding rule are the pictures. On the flip side, where the 2000 years of painting history are divided into 2000 millimetres, the individual works of art are placed in their historical context and referenced according to the period and the artist, the title of the work, the technique used, the year of the work's creation and the country of origin. If the work is immobile, the city it is located in is also named.
Paintings by the running meter sheds light on the history of painting by providing a synoptic overview. It also offers a distinct advantage over a book, as it allows the reader to establish new interrelationships just by folding the The yARTstick!
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