Western art is the art of the Western and Northern European countries, and art created in the forms accepted by those countries. Western art is arranged into a number of stylistic periods: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Modern. A major influence upon Western art has been Christianity, the commissions of the Church, architectural, painterly and sculptural, providing the major source of work for artists for about 1400 years, from 300 AD to about 1700 AD. The history of the Church was very much reflected in the history of art, during this period. The 19th century saw an explosion of Western creation in sculpture and painting, particularly in France where artists such as Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, and Claude Monet create masterpieces.
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