“The prevailing style of a particular place and period deeply affects the character of art work. Art history textbooks are written as narratives of distinctive, clearly identifiable styles: Prehistoric, Egyptian, Near Eastern, Classical, Byzantine, Islamic, Baroque, Renaissance, Far Eastern, African, Romanticism, Impressionism, Cubism, and many other distinct styles. In the long history of representational art, the represented objects did not change all that much, nor did artists’ retinal images of those objects. The big changes in art resulted from changes in style. Style matters.”

– Edward Tufte, Beautiful Evidence

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