The Art History of Games
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From the origins of culture, both games and art were often appreciated, sometimes feared cultural forms woven into the experiences of life. But starting with the Renaissance, the two took divergent paths in terms of their cultural role, value and study with art more highly valued. Games, however continued on as an integral part of culture. This talk will strive to understand the cultural relationship between games and art by surveying the cultural status and role of games from an art historical vantage from the middle ages into the early modern era and up through the industrial revolution and the early twentieth century.