Five Minute Art History: Gleaning Style

By Hlaford Bran Mydwynter

Our concept of “style” didn’t coalesce until the Renaissance. However, when you’re making something based on historical artwork, it’s helpful to be able to glean its style to better capture the true spirit of the original. But that’s a skill developed over time, and there’s no shortcut. Which is why I’ve put together a post on my new website (Applied Art History), exploring an approach to parsing the art we see. It lays out a few suggestions which can help you develop an “eye” for whatever you’re looking to explore, gathered from my decades of experience making art from historical references. I hope it will be useful! Please check it out at

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