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AP Art History - Content Area 10: Global Contemporary 1980 C.E. to present

This unit makes up about 11% of the average AP exam, and it includes 27 works of art. Many of the artists from this unit are alive or have artworks in modern art museums near you – Marcel Duchamp, Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and more.


Global contemporary art is characterized by a transcendence of traditional conceptions of art and is supported by technological developments and global awareness. Digital technology in particular provides increased access to imagery and contextual information about diverse artists and artworks throughout history and across the globe.
224. The Gates, Christo and Jeanne-Claude
225. Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Maya Lin
226. Horn Players, Jean-Michel Basquiat
227. Summer Trees, Song Su-nam
228. Androgyne III, Magdalena Abakanowicz
229. A Book from the Sky, Xu Bing
230. Pink Panther, Jeff Koons
231. Untitled (#228), from the History Portraits series, Cindy Sherman
232. Dancing at the Louvre, from the series, The French Collection, part 1; #1, Faith Ringgold
233. Trade (Gifts for Trading Land with White People), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
234. Earth’s Creation, Emily Kame Kngwarreye
235. Rebellious Silence, from the Women of Allah series, Shirin Neshat (artist); photo by Cynthia Preston
236. En la Barberia no se Llora (No Crying Allowed in the Barbershop), Pepon Osorio
237. Pisupo Lua Afe (Corned Beef 2000), Michel Tuffery
238. Electronic Superhighway, Nam June Paik
239. The Crossing, Bill Viola
240. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
241. Pure Land, Mariko Mori
242. Lying with the Wolf, Kiki Smith
243.Darkytown Rebellion, Kara Walker
244. The Swing (After Fragonard), Yinka Shonibare
245. Old Man’s Cloth, El Anatsui
246. Stadia II, Julie Mehretu
247. Preying Mantra, Wangechi Mutu
248. Shibboleth, Doris Salcedo
249. MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Zaha Hadid
250. Kui Hua Zi (Sunflower Seeds), Ai Weiwei

AP Art History - Content Area 9: The Pacific 700-1980 C.E.

This unit makes up about 4% of the average AP exam, and it includes 11 works of art. The Pacific Ocean covers a massive portion of the Earth, and it is dotted with lush islands that are often filled with very creative inhabitants. This unit covers the artwork of Hawaii, Tonga, Fiji, the Philippines, and countless other Pacific islands.
The arts of the Pacific vary by virtue of ecological situations, social structure, and impact of external influences, such as commerce, colonialism, and missionary activity. Created in a variety of media, Pacific arts are distinguished by the virtuosity with which materials are used and presented.
213. Nan Madol
214. Moai on platform (ahu)
215. 'Ahu 'ula (feather cape)
216. Staff god
217. Female deity from Nukuoro
218. Buk mask
219. Hiapo (tapa)
220. Tamati waka Nene, Gottfried Lindaur
221. Navigation chart
222. Malagan display and mask
223. Presentation of Fijian mats and tapas cloths to Queen Elizabeth II

AP Art History - Content Area 8: South, East and Southeast Asia 300 B.C.E.-1980 C.E.

This unit makes up about 8% of the average AP exam, and it includes 21 works of art. Many of the pieces from this region are characterized by eastern religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, or Taoism, and they are often highly intricate. One of the most famous examples of Southeast Asian art is the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia.

The arts of South, East, and Southeast Asia represent some of the world’s oldest, most diverse, and most sophisticated visual traditions.
192. Great Stupa at Sanchi
193. Terracotta warriors from mausoleum of the first Qin emperor of China
194. Funeral banner of Lady Dai (Xin Zhui)
195. Longmen caves
196. Gold and jade crown
197. Todai-ji
198. Borobudur
199. Angkor, the temple of Angkor Wat, the city of Angkor Thom, Cambodia
200. Lakshmana Temple
201. Travelers among Mountains and Streams, Fan Kuan
202. Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja)
203. Night Attack on the Sanjô Palace
204. The David Vases
205. Portrait of Sin Sukju
206. Forbidden City
207. Ryoan-ji
208. Jahangir Preferring a Sufi Shaikh to Kings, Bichitr
210. White and Red Plum Blossoms, Ogata Korin
211. Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as The Great Wave, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, Katsushika Hokusai
212. Chairman Mao en Route to Anyuan

AP Art History - Content Area 7: West and Central Asia 500 B.C.E.-1980 C.E.

This unit makes up about 4% of the average AP exam, and it includes 11 works of art. The region covers China, Mongolia, and many of the former Soviet states in central Asia.

The arts of West and Central Asia play a key role in the history of world art, giving form to the vast cultural interchanges that have occurred in these lands that link the European and Asian peoples.
181. Petra, Jordan: Treasury and Great Temple
a. Nabataeans introduction
b. Petra and The Treasury
c. Petra and the Great Temple
d. UNESCO Siq project
182. Buddha, Bamiyan
183. The Kaaba
184. Jowo Rinpoche, enshrined in the Jokhang Temple
185. Dome of the Rock
186. Great Mosque (Masjid-e Jameh), Isfahan
187. Folio from a Qur'an
188. Basin (Baptistère de Saint Louis), Mohammed ibn al-Zain
189. Bahram Gur Fights the Karg, folio from the Great Il-Khanid Shahnama
190. The Court of Gayumars, folio from Shah Tahmasp's Shahnama
191. The Ardabil Carpet

AP Art History - Content Area 6: Africa 1100-1980 C.E.

This unit makes up about 6% of the average AP exam, and it includes 14 works of art. While Africa has a long history of artistic expression, many of its artworks have been lost. As a result, most art history courses cover only modern African art. This unit covers many the most important works that influenced the African aesthetic tradition.

Human life, which is understood to have begun in Africa, developed over millions of years and radiated beyond the continent of Africa. The earliest African art dates to 77,000 years ago. While interpretation of this art is conjectural at best, the clarity and strength of design and expression in the work is obvious.

167. Conical tower and circular wall of Great Zimbabwe
168. Great Mosque of Djenné
169. Wall plaque, from Oba's palace
170. Sika dwa kofi (Golden Stool)
171. Ndop (portrait figure) of King Mishe miShyaang maMbul
172. Nkisi n’kondi
173. Female (Pwo) Mask
174. Portrait mask (Mblo)
175. Bundu mask
176. Ikenga (shrine figure)
177. Lukasa (memory board)
178. Aka elephant mask
179. Reliquary figure (byeri)
180. Veranda post of enthroned king and senior wife (Opo Ogoga)

AP Art History - Content Area 5: Indigenous Americas 1000 B.C.E.-1980 C.E.

This unit makes up about 6% of the average AP exam, and it includes 14 works of art. There are countless interesting, beautiful artworks created by Native Americans, and this unit will give you an introduction to this vibrant body of work.


Art of the Indigenous Americas is among the world’s oldest artistic traditions. While its roots lie in northern Asia, it developed independently between c. 10,000 B.C.E. and 1492 C.E., which marked the beginning of the European invasions. Regions and cultures are referred to as the Indigenous Americas to signal the priority of First Nations cultural traditions over those of the colonizing and migrant peoples that have progressively taken over the American continents for the last 500 years.
153. Chavín de Huántar
154. Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings
155. Yaxchilán lintel 25, structure 23
156. Great Serpent Mound
157. Templo Mayor, Main Aztec temple
a. The Coyolxauhqui Stone
b. Calendar stone
c. Olmec-style mask
158. Ruler's feather headdress (probably of Moctezuma II)
159. City of Cusco
160. Maize cobs
161. City of Machu Picchu
162. All-T'oqapu Tunic
163. Bandolier Bag
164. Transformation mask
165. Painted elk hide, attributed to Cotsiogo (Cadzi Cody)
166. Black-on-black ceramic vessel, Maria Martínez and Julian Martínez

AP Art History - Content Area 4: Later Europe and Americas 1750-1980 C.E.


From the mid-1700s to 1980 C.E., Europe and the Americas experienced rapid change and innovation. Art existed in the context of dramatic events such as industrialization, urbanization, economic upheaval, migrations, and wars. Countries and governments were re-formed; women’s and civil rights’ movements catalyzed social change. Artists assumed new roles in society. Styles of art proliferated and often gave rise to artistic movements. Art and architecture exhibited a diversity of styles, forming an array of “isms.” Works of art took on new roles and functions in society and were experienced by audiences in new ways. Art of this era often proved challenging for audiences and patrons to immediately understand.
99. Portrait of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Miguel Cabrera
100. A Philosopher Giving a Lecture on the Orrery, Joseph Wright of Derby
101. The Swing, Jean-Honoré Fragonard
102. Monticello, Thomas Jefferson
103. The Oath of the Horatii, Jacques-Louis David
104. George Washington, Jean-Antoine Houdon
105. Self-Portrait, Elisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun
106. Y no hai remedio (And There's Nothing to Be Done), from Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War), plate 15, Francesco de Goya
107. La Grande Odalisque, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres 108. Liberty Leading the People, Eugène Delacroix
109. View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow, Thomas Cole
110. Still Life in Studio, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre
111. Slave Ship (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On), Joseph Mallord William Turner
112. Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament), Charles Barry, A.W.N. Pugin
113. The Stonebreakers, Gustave Courbet
114. Nadar elevating Photography to Art, Honoré Daumier
115. Olympia, Édouard Manet
116. The Saint-Lazare Station, Claude Monet
117. The Horse in Motion, Eadweard Muybridge
118. The Valley of Mexico from the Hillside of Santa Isabel, José María Velasco
119. The Burghers of Calais, Auguste Rodin
120. The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh
121. The Coiffure, Mary Cassatt
122. The Scream, Edvard Munch
123. Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?, Paul Gauguin
124. Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building, Louis Sullivan
125. Mont Sainte-Victoire, Paul Cézanne
126. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Pablo Picasso
127. The Steerage, Alfred Stieglitz
128. The Kiss, Gustav Klimt
129. The Kiss, Constantin Brancusi
130. The Portuguese, Georges Braque
131. The Goldfish, Henri Matisse
132. Improvisation 28 (second version), Vasily Kandinsky
133. Self-Portrait as a Soldier, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
134. Memorial Sheet of Karl Liebknecht, Käthe Kollwitz
135. Villa Savoye, Le Corbusier
136. Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow, Piet Mondrian
137. Illustration from The Results of the First Five-Year Plan, Varvara Stepanova
138. Object (Le Déjeuner en fourrure), Meret Oppenheim
139. Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright
140. The Two Fridas, Frida Kahlo
141. The Migration of the Negro, Panel no. 49, Jacob Lawrence
142. The Jungle, Wilfredo Lam
143. Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Central Park, Diego Rivera
144. Fountain, Marcel Duchamp
145. Woman I, Willem de Kooning
146. Seagram Building, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson
147. Marilyn Diptych, Andy Warhol
148. Narcissus garden, Yayoi Kusama
149. The Bay, Helen Frankenthaler
150. Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks, Claes Oldenburg
151. Spiral Jetty, Robert Smithson
152. House in New Castle County, Robert Ventura, John Rausch and Denise Scott Brown

AP Art History - Content Area 3: Early Europe and Colonial Americas 200-1750 C.E.

This unit makes up about 20% of the average AP exam, and it includes 51 works of art. From Byzanitne and Medieval to Renaissance and Islamic Art. Most of the American tradition arose from this period, and this unit includes many of the more commonly-known artworks.


48. Catacomb of Priscilla (Greek Chapel, Orant, Good Shepherd frescos)
49. Santa Sabina
50. Vienna Genesis
b. Jacob Wrestling the Angel
a. Rebecca and Eliezer at the Well
51. San Vitale (including Justinian and Theodora panels)
52. Hagia Sophia
a. Theotokos mosaic
b. Deësis mosaic
c. Hagia Sophia as a mosque
53. Merovingian looped fibulae
54. Virgin (Theotokos) and Child between Saints Theodore and George
55. Lindisfarne Gospels, St. Matthew, cross-carpet page; St. Luke incipit page
56. Great Mosque, Córdoba, Spain
57. Pyxis of al-Mughira
58. Church of Sainte-Foy and Reliquary
59. Bayeux Tapestry
60. Chartres Cathedral
61. Dedication Page with Blanche of Castile and King Louis IX of France, and Scenes from the Apocalypse - both from Bibles moralisée (moralized bibles)
62. Röttgen Pietà
63. Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel, including Lamentation
a. Introduction. b. fresco cycle , c. Lamentation, d. Last Judgment
64. Golden Haggadah
65. Alhambra
66. Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece)
67. Pazzi Chapel, Filipo Brunellschi
68. The Arnolfini Portrait, Jan van Eyck
69. David, Donatello
70. Palazzo Rucellai, Leon Battista Alberti
71. Madonna and Child with Two Angels, Fra Filippo Lippi
72. Birth of Venus, Sandro Botticelli
73. Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci
74. Adam and Eve, Albrecht Dürer
75. Sistine Chapel ceiling and altar wall frescos, Michelangelo
a. ceiling, study for sibyl
b. altar wall
76. School of Athens, Raphael
77.Isenheim Altarpiece, Matthias Grünewald
78. Entombment of Christ, Jacobo da Pontormo
79. Allegory of Law and Grace, Lucas Cranach the Elder
80. Venus of Urbino, Titian
81. Frontispiece of the Codex Mendoza
82. Il Gesù, including Triumph of the Name of Jesus ceiling fresco
83. Hunters in the Snow, Pieter Bruegel the Elder
84. Mosque of Selim II
85. Calling of Saint Matthew, Caravaggio
86. Henri IV Receives the Portrait of Marie de'Medici, from the Marie de'Medici Cycle, Peter Paul Rubens
87. Self-Portrait with Saskia, Rembrandt van Rijn
88. San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, Francesco Borromini
89. Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, Gian Lorenzo Bernini
90. Angel with Arquebus, Asiel Timor Dei, Master of Calamarca
91. Las Meninas, Diego Velazquez
92. Woman Holding a Balance, Johannes Vermeer
93. The Palace at Versailles
94. Screen with Siege of Belgrade and hunting scene
95. The Virgin of Guadalupe (Virgen de Guadalupe), Miguel González
96. Fruit and Insects, Rachel Ruysch
97. Spaniard and Indian Produce a Mestizo, attributed to Juan Rodríguez Juárez
98. The Tête à Tête, from Marriage a la Mode, William Hogarth

AP Art History - Content Area 2: Ancient Mediterranean 3,500-300 B.C.E.

This unit makes up about 15% of the average AP exam, and it includes 36 works of art. It covers primarily Greece, Rome, Carthage, Crete, and the other ancient art-producing cultures on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.


Artistic traditions of the ancient Near East and dynastic Egypt focused on representing royal figures and divinities and on the function of funerary and palatial complexes within their cultural contexts. Works of art illustrate the active exchange of ideas and reception of artistic styles among the Mediterranean cultures and the subsequent influence on the classical world.


12. White Temple and its ziggurat
13. Palette of King Narmer
14. Statues of votive figures, from the Square Temple at Eshnunna
15. Seated Scribe
16. Standard of Ur from the Royal Tombs at Ur
17. Great Pyramids of Giza
a. Pyramid of Khufu
b. Pyramid of Khafre and the Great Sphinx
c. Pyramid of Menkaura
18. King Menkaura and Queen
19. The Law Code Stele of Hammurabi
20. Temple of Amun-Re and Hypostyle Hall
21. Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut
22. Akhenaton, Nefertiti, and three daughters
23. Tutankhamun's tomb, innermost coffin
24. Last judgment of Hu-Nefer, (Book of the Dead)
25. Lamassu from the citadel of Sargon II, Dur Sharrukin (modern Iraq)
26. Athenian Agora
27. Anavysos Kouros
28. Peplos Kore from the Acropolis
29. Sarcophagus of the Spouses
30. Audience Hall (apadana) of Darius and Xeres ;  related: Column capital, audience hall (apadana) of Darius at Susa
31. Temple of Minerva (Veii near Rome, Italy), sculpture of Apollo
32. Tomb of the Triclinium
33. Niobides Krater
34. Doryphoros (Spear Bearer)
35. Acropolis
a. Parthenon
i. Phidias, Parthenon sculptures (pediments, metopes, and frieze)
ii. Plaque of the Ergastines
b. Victory adjusting her sandal, Temple of Athena Nike
36. Grave Stele of Hegeso
37. Winged Victory of Samothrace
38. Great Altar of Zeus and Athena at Pergamon
39. House of the Vettii
40. Alexander Mosaic from the House of the Faun, Pompeii
41. Seated Boxer
42. Head of a Roman Patrician ;  related: Veristic male portrait
43. Augustus of Prima Porta
44. Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheater)
45. Forum of Trajan
a. Forum
b. Column
c. Markets
46. Pantheon
47. Ludovisi Battle Sarcophagus

AP Art History - Content Area 1: Global Prehistory 30,000-500B.C.E.

This unit makes up about 4% of the average AP exam, and it includes 11 works of art. It includes the earliest rudiments of artistic expression like cave paintings and ancient pottery.


Human expression existed across the globe before the written record. While prehistoric art of Europe has been the focus of many introductions to the history of art, very early art is found worldwide and shares certain features, particularly concern with the natural world and humans’ place within it.

1. Apollo 11 stones
2. Great Hall of Bulls
3. Camelid sacrum in the shape of a canine
4. Running horned woman
5. Bushel with ibex motifs
6. Anthropomorphic stele
7. Jade Cong
8. Stonehenge
9. Ambum Stone
10. Tlatilco female figurine
11. Terracotta fragment (Lapita)

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