Art is a broad category of human activity, as well as the end product, that entails creative or inventive skill that expresses technical competency, aesthetic beauty, emotional strength, or philosophical concepts.
There is no universally agreed-upon definition of art, and its perception has shifted dramatically through time and among cultures. Painting, sculpture, and architecture are the three traditional branches of visual art. A larger definition of the arts includes theater, dance, and other performing arts, as well as literature, music, cinema, and other media such as interactive media. Until the seventeenth century, art was used to describe any talent or competence, and it was not distinguished from trades or sciences.