Key Dates: 15000BC-450AD

Ancient – There are few remaining examples with early art often favouring drawing over colour. Work has been found recently in tombs, Egyptian frescoes, pottery and metalwork.

Classical – Relating to or from ancient Roman or Greek architecture and art. Mainly concerned with geometry and symmetry rather than individual expression.

Byzantine – A religious art characterised by large domes, rounded arches and mosaics from the eastern Roman Empire in the 4th Century.