People from all eras have communicated what they value through art, architecture and style. This statement is obvious.
The first example I will discuss is that of the ancient Egyptian society. Their society was one that was based upon death. Everything in their lives revolved around preparing themselves for the afterlife. Included in that is their paintings; they contained the entire figure of the human, making sure their was no limb left unseen, for fear
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people of this period valued art and all of its components. Their religion was once again the prevalent artistic device used. For example, Michelangelo was hired by the pope to paint the Sistine chapel. Most of the artwork of this period was driven by the ideals of realism.
These are just a few small examples of how art runs through History, and of how art is a reflection of the society it is created in.