Dying warrior, from the east pediment of the Temple of Aphaia, Aegina, Greece, ca. 480 BCE. Marble, 6′ 1″ long. Glyptothek, Munich.
Look at this!
These are the last moments of a valiant warrior who fought hand to hand with his opponent. He is slowly crumpling to the ground- still holding his shield, breathing carefully through his mouth. What is he remembering? It is so SLOW MOTION isn't it? It is not horror. It is tragedy and sadness and lost opportunities. I sigh when I see him, dont you?
Art history is the history of people. What was important to them and why? Where were they in the world, where were they in time, what materials were available to them and how did these factors shape their decisions about visual imagery?
Art history tells the story of the world in PICTURES. That's right! Art history will excite you about world history because you will be able to make visual connections to people far away and long ago who in many ways were JUST LIKE US! These people lived and breathed and ate and loved---it all wasn't brown and dusty! If art history doesnt excite you, it is because you dont know about it yet!
Be prepared to look and READ and LOOK and explore the context, content form and function of art.