Ang '''kasaysayan ng sining''' (Ingles: '''''history of art''''') ay ang kasaysayan ng anumang gawain o produktong ginawa ng mga tao na nasa anyong makikita o mapagmamasan ng mga mata para sa mga layuning [[estetiko]] o pangkomunikasyon, na nagpapahayag ng mga ideya, mga damdamin o, sa pangkalahatan, isang [[worldview|pananaw na pandaigdigan]].
<!---- Over time [[visual art]] [[art#Forms, genres, media and styles|has been classified in diverse ways]], from the medieval distinction between [[liberal arts]] and [[Artes Mechanicae|mechanical arts]], to the modern distinction between [[fine art]]s and [[applied arts]], or to the many contemporary definitions, which define art as a manifestation of human creativity. The subsequent expansion of the list of ''principal arts'' in the 20th century reached to nine: [[architecture]], [[dance]], [[sculpture]], [[music]], [[painting]], [[poetry]] (described broadly as a form of [[literature]] with aesthetic purpose or function, which also includes the distinct genres of [[theatre]] and [[narrative]]), [[film]], [[photography]] and [[comics]]. At the conceptual overlap of terms between [[plastic arts]] and [[visual arts]] were added [[design]] and [[graphic arts]]. In addition to the old forms of artistic expression such as [[fashion]] and [[gastronomy]], new modes of expression are being considered as ''arts'' such as [[video]], [[Digital art|computer art]], [[Performance art|performance]], [[advertising]], [[animation]], [[television]] and [[videogames]].
The History of art is a [[multidisciplinary science]], seeking an objective examination of art throughout time, classifying [[culture]]s, establishing [[periodization]]s and observing the distinctive and influential characteristics of art.<ref>Gardner, p.xlvi</ref> The [[art history|study of the history of art]] was initially developed in the [[Renaissance]], with its limited scope being the artistic production of [[western civilization]]. However, as time has passed, it has imposed a broader view of artistic history, seeking a comprehensive overview of all the [[civilization]]s and analysis of their artistic production in terms of their own cultural values ([[cultural relativism]]), and not just [[western art history]].
Today, art enjoys a wide network of study, dissemination and preservation of all the artistic legacy of mankind throughout history. The 20th century has seen the proliferation of institutions, foundations, [[art museums]] and [[art gallery|galleries]], in both the public and private sectors, dedicated to the analysis and cataloging of [[work of art|works of art]] as well as exhibitions aimed at a mainstream audience. The rise of [[media (communication)|media]] has been crucial in improving the study and dissemination of art. International events and exhibitions like the [[Whitney Biennial]] and biennales of [[Venice Biennale|Venice]] and [[São Paulo Art Biennial|São Paulo]] or the [[Documenta]] of [[Kassel]] have helped the development of new styles and trends. Prizes such as the [[Turner Prize|Turner]] of the [[Tate Gallery]], the [[Wolf Prize in Arts]], the [[Pritzker Architecture Prize|Pritzker Prize]] of architecture, the [[Pulitzer Prize|Pulitzer]] of photography and the [[Academy Award|Oscar]] of cinema also promote the best creative work on an international level. Institutions like [[UNESCO]], with the establishment of the [[World Heritage Site]] lists, also help the conservation of the major monuments of the planet.<ref>Onians (2008), p. 316-317.</ref>