The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into a museum is that the walls are decorated with paintings from a particular era.
This is because most of the art has been lost or destroyed.
It’s the same with art history.
If you’re a child, you’ll think that art is about “making art,” and the children who were born when paintings were the norm were the ones who were drawn to art and fascinated by it.
But that’s not the case.
We need to be realistic when it comes to how art history can be.
And if art history is going to be used for anything, it has to be in the context of the human condition, which is what art history should do.
This article originally appeared in the May 25, 2017 issue of Vice magazine.