Lasting Antique Art
by Shirlee Yeager
Antique art connects the viewer to our rich artistic history.
For centuries upon centuries, the greatest of artists
have graced the world with their works. Preserved over
time, these masterpieces of antique art continue to benefit
mankind. The perspectives of life they portray, the beauty,
the tragedy, are timeless. Unfortunately, the ravages
of time and mishaps have taken their toll on the antique
art. Destruction brought about by war, in particular,
left many museums of antique art in ruins. This only serves
to increase the value of the antique art that we do have,
that has survived to this day, and make these pieces even
On first considering the subject of antique art, most
people think first of oil paintings on canvas. Indeed
many great artists have used this medium for their works.
Names of some of the greatest masters are known to even
the youngest school children.
Antique art stretches beyond the notable oil paintings,
though. Antique art can be found in many forms. Many years
ago, household items such as pottery and baskets, even
weather vanes, were made more pleasant to behold with
a touch of art work. Antique folk art of this kind is
growing in popularity, because of its connection with
the life of the common man.
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