This is an introduction to many forms of artistic expression throughout the ages. Designed for any introductory course in Humanities or Interdisciplinary Arts Appreciation, this text presents an overview of the arts in the Western tradition, within the contexts of the philosophy, religion, aesthetic theory, economics, and politics surrounding them. It is an introduction to the humanities, yielding a familiarity with styles. The Creative Impulse introduces the arts of the Western tradition with a chronological organization. It covers a wide variety of subjects including painting, sculpture, architecture, theatre, music, dance, literature, and film, all in their historical context. Up-to-date material on modern artistic movements and achievements broadens the scope of the coverage. With an emphasis on formal analysis, The Creative Impulse helps students develope the skills and confidence they will need to respond to works of art throughout their lifetimes.