Thirdly, art can reflect a culture's religious beliefs.
For hundreds of years in Europe, religious art was almost the only type of art that existed.
Churches and other religious buildings were filled with paintings that showed people and stories from the Bible.
By contrast, one of the main characteristics of art in the Middle East was (and still is), its absence of human and animal images.
This reflects the Islamic belief that these images are unholy.
Thus, on palaces, mosques and other buildings, Islamic artists have created unique decoration of great beauty with images of flowers of geometric forms, for example, circles, squares and triangles.
The same is true of other places, like Africa and Pacific Islands. Art also reflects the religious beliefs of traditional cultures in these places.
As a matter of fact, religion is the purpose for this art and it's, therefore, absolutely essential to it.
Traditional art in Africa and Pacific Islands is different from Christian art. Christian art influences people's religious feelings towards God.
But the goal of traditional art in Africa and Pacific Islands is the influence of spiritual powers, that is gods to enter people's lives.
Each tribe or village there had special ceremonies with songs and dances to make sure that crops, animals and people are healthy and increasing in number.
The dancers in the ceremonies wear masks, head dresses and costumes that they believe are necessary to influence gods.
So these masks, head dresses themselves, are revelry part of the art.
As we said, art depends on culture, different forms of art result from different cultures.