Previous pandemics and epidemics have inspired their fair share of art, from the Antonine Plague in the second-century Roman Empire, to the Black Death in medieval Europe and the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic. This blog post delves into 21 centuries of pandemic art to find out what we can learn about previous pandemic eras and how their art still resonates today. For example, readers may be inspired to lay out incense and flowers like the Japanese during the smallpox epidemic of the 700s, which was done in hopes of appeasing the hososhin, a minor deity believed to cause the disease. The Art History of Pandemics is part of the blog How to Talk About Art History (previously featured in the 03-08-2019 Scout Report), written by Ellen Oredsson, an art historian and GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) professional who seeks to make art history more accessible to the public. The post linked above is part of Oredsson's "Art History 101" series of blog posts. Readers may want to check out other series, such as "Reader Questions" posts written in response to user-submitted queries. Popular posts in that series include "Why are Portraits so Important to Art History?" (February 9, 2020) and "What Exactly Were the Impressionists Rebelling Against?" (March 6, 2017). Readers can use links in the Categories drop-down menu to find all blog series on the site.