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Published: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:41:21 +0000

 



What Should You Know About the Elements of Art?

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Knowing the 7 Elements of Art (line, shape, form, space, texture, value and color) allows you to analyze, appreciate, write about, and discuss art.



How to Define Art

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There are many things that contribute to the definition of art. Learn more about the best way to answer this complex question.



What Is Form in Art?

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Form is one of the seven elements of art. At its most basic, a form is a three-dimensional geometrical figure as opposed to a shape, which is two-dimensional, or flat.



What Is Abstract Art?

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Learn the definition of abstract art, and find out about both its history and influential practitioners.



What Is Balance in Art?

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Balance in art refers to the ways in which the elements (lines, shapes, colors, textures, etc.) of a piece are arranged. A basic principle of art, specifically of design.



The 3 Most Important Functions of Art

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Learn about the three main functions of art: its personal, social, and physical attributes, as well as the importance of context.



How to Define Contrast in the Art World

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Contrast art refers to the arrangement of opposite elements (light vs. dark colors, rough vs. smooth textures, large vs. small shapes, etc.) in a piece of art.



How Is Color Defined in Art?

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When artists and art historians define color in art, they are referring to the element that is produced when light, striking an object, is reflected back to the eye.



7 Surprising Facts About the Sistine Chapel...

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Discover the answers to some of the most common questions about Michelangelo's The Sistine Chapel ceiling, one of the world's most famous paintings.



What Dada Was and Why It Matters

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Learn about Dadaism and Dada Art including the history of this non-art movement and the defining features of Dada Art.



What Does Space Mean in Art?

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An element of art, Space refers to distances or areas around, between or within components of a piece.



10 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Last...

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Facts about Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper,' the famous religious painting located in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy



The Story Behind “Christina’s...

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Andrew Wyeth painted this in 1948. His father, N. C. Wyeth, had been killed at a railway crossing just three years earlier, and Andrew's work underwent a significant change after the loss. His palette became muted, his landscapes barren and his figures--if present--seemed plaintive. Christina's World epitomizes these traits.



What You Should Know About the Visual Arts

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What is the definition of Visual Art? The visual arts are those creations we can look at, such as a drawing or a painting, and more.



What Is Texture in Art?

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The definition of texture as an element of art, refers to the way a three-dimensional work actually feels when touched, or the visual 'feel' of a two-dimensional piece



How to Really Understand Surrealist Art

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Surrealist artists feasted on the unconscious, the exploration of the dream as a valid form of reality, and a willingness to depict images of perverse sexuality, scatology, decay and violence.



What Is Artistic Unity?

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A principle of art, Unity occurs when all of the elements of a piece combine to make a balanced, harmonious, complete whole.



What Is the Definition of Shape in Art?

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Shapes in art are limited to two dimensions: length and width. Geometric shapes have the clear edges. Organic shapes have natural, less well-defined edges.



The Origins of the Impressionist Art Movement

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Impressionism is a style of painting characterized by short brushstrokes and quickly-painted surfaces. Its best-known practitioners include Claude Monet and Edgar Degas.



What Exactly Is Contemporary Art?

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Great question. Contemporary Art just means art that has been and continues to be created during our lifetimes. In other words, contemporary to us. Learn more..



Explore the World of Pop Art!

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Pop Art was a post WWII reaction to American consumerism. By bridging high and low culture they reflected America's own growing dependence and fascination with mass production and images of celebrities.



What Was Analytical Cubism?

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Analytic Cubism was developed by Picasso and Braque to refer to real objects in terms of identifiable details that become, through repetitive use, signs that indicate the idea of the object, just like we find in cartoon characters.



What Is Value in Art?

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An element of art, value refers to the visible lightness or darkness of a color. Value is synonymous with luminosity in this context.



What is Emphasis in Art?

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Emphasis is a principle of art which occurs any time an element of a piece is given dominance by the artist. Frequently, emphasis is achieved by means of contrast.



How to Identify Synthetic Cubism

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Synthetic Cubism was invented by Picasso and Braque as they simplified a specific repertory of forms derived from their Analytic Cubism period of 1909/10 to 1912. Synthetic Cubism also incorporated collage and papier colle in Picasso and Braque's work.



How Do You Define Modern Art?

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Learn more about what the art world means by Modern Art, which includes works from the nineteenth century's Impressionists to the end of the 1960s.



The Easiest Way to Understand Representational...

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What is Representational Art? The word 'representational', when used to describe art, means that the work depicts something easily recognized by most people.



Learn About the Life of Michelangelo

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Michelangelo's output was, quite simply, stunning, in quality, quantity and scale. His most famous statues include the 18-foot David (1501-1504) and the Pietà (1499).



Art History 101: What is Cubism?

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Cubism art rebelled against Renaissance one-point perspective and illusionism through an emphasis on geometricity, simultaneity, and passage. Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque pioneered Cubism's ideas and style.



Is Mary Magdalene in "The Last Supper"?

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Learn who is at Jesus' right arm in Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, the figure at Jesus' right arm. The figure appears feminine, but is it a woman?



The First Impressionist Exhibition - 1874

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The first Impressionist exhibition, when the group was given this name, took place in 1874 and included 30 artists and 165 works of art. The idea for this independent exhibition was radical for this time in French art history and its opening day changed the course of art history forever.



The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell

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The first thing that stands out in The Problem We All Live With is its focal point: the girl. She is slightly to the left of center, but balanced by the large, red splotch on the wall right of center.



What You Should Know About Op Art

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Take a closer look at Op Art, a 1960s style of art that utilized illusion, contrast and a precise, mathematically-based composition to trick the eye.



What about the disembodied hand?

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Last Supper , Peter's arm appears to be twisted. His right shoulder and elbow seem to be at odds with



What Was the Renaissance, Really?

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What Does Medium Mean in Art?

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In art, Medium refers to the substance the artist uses to create his or her artwork. For example, the medium Michelangelo used to create David was marble.



Why Should I Study Art History?

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Students may take Art History because it is required, or it seems like a good choice for AP credit in High School, or even because it is the only elective that fits into that semester's class schedule. When one of the latter three scenarios apply, questions invariably arise: how come I took this class? What's in it for me? Why should I study art history? Here are five compelling reasons.



Get to Know Andy Warhol

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A biographical profile of Andy Warhol (1928-1987), American painter, filmmaker and Pop icon.



The Entire History of Art in 5 Steps

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The entirety of art history broken up chronologically into five chunks, beginning with Ancient Art (circa 30,000 B.C. to 400 A.D.) through the present.



How Mannerism Signaled the End for the Italian...

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Mannerism refers to the art of the Late Italian Renaissance, before the Baroque period began, when artists used clashing colors and many bizarre themes in their work.



Definition and Examples of Appropriation Art

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Appropriation art takes images from well-known contexts and puts these images into other contexts, usually paintings, sculpture, collages, combines or installations. Recontextualizing the image adds meaning and associations to the original image (or real thing) as well as completes the meaning of the Appropriation artist's own work.



How to Write an Art History Paper

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Advice on how to write an art history paper, written by an art history professor, offering dos and don'ts that will help you complete the assignment on time. Appropriate for high school and college students.



What Makes Abstract Expressionism?

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Abstract Expressionism was a movement or artists that began during the 1940s, and incorporated a deeply personal, unrecognizable style of painting.



What Art Was Like During the Paleolithic Age

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Roughly 40,000 years ago marked the start of the Paleolithic Art period, which saw the the rise of Homo sapiens and their ability to create tools, weapons and ultimately, art.



What Is Nonobjective Art?

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A work of art that does not represent or depict a person, place or thing in the natural world. Also called Abstract art or nonrepresentational art.



Artists in 60 Seconds: Marcel Duchamp

2017-02-24T11:41:21Z

A biographical profile of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), French-born American painter, sculptor and conceptual artist.



Was Leonardo a Vegetarian?

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Famous Artists Who Committed Suicide (Some May...

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Check out this list of 52 famous artists who committed suicide. Some may surprise you!



Romanticism - Art History 101 Basics

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Romanticism is precisely situated neither in choice of subject nor in exact truth, but in a way of feeling. - Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)



Funk Art - Art History 101 Basics

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Funk Art's heyday was in the mid- to late-1960s. Naturally, its beginnings were much earlier; the (very) late-1950s seem to be the point of origin. By the end of the 1970s, things were pretty much over as far as artistic movements go. To include all possibilities, we can say Funk Art was produced for no more than two decades -- and 15 years would be more realistic. It was fun while it lasted, but Funk did not have a long life.



What's the Difference Between the Northern and...

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The Northern Renaissance took place across Europe, but outside of Italy, in countries including France, the Netherlands and Germany.



The Hierarchy of Genres in Academic Art

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Believe it or not, artists used to have an official list detailing which types of paintings were more important than others.



Art History - Italian Proto-Renaissance:...

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Yves Tanguy - French-Born American Surrealist...

2017-02-24T11:41:21Z

A biographical profile of Yves Tanguy (1900-1955), French-born American Surrealist painter.



What Is a Bas Relief?

2017-02-24T11:41:21Z

A French term from the Italian basso-relievo (low relief), bas relief is a sculpture technique in which figures and/or other design elements are just barely more prominent than the (overall flat) background.



tone

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Tone is a quality of color. Art History.



The Basics of Post-Impressionism Art

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Post Impressionist artists' work was inspired by the Impressionist movement,with individual arists pushing different aspects of Impressionism to an extreme.



How to Understand Performance Art

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The term. Art History.



ignudi

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The Ignudo is the phrase coined by Michelangelo to describe the twenty seated male nudes he incorporated into the Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes.



What Is Rhythm in Art?

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Rhythm is a principle of art that's difficult to summarize in words. Assuming that you've picked up on a rhythm in music before, take what you heard with your ears and try to translate that to something you'd see with your eyes. Rhythm, in art, is a visual beat.



Florence's Importance to the Early Renaissance

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Learn five key reasons Florence, Italy became center stage for Early Italian Renaissance art and the place where many artists launched their careers during in the 15th-century.



Fast Facts About the Great Pablo Picasso

2017-02-24T11:41:21Z

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, was a Spanish painter best known for (co-)inventing Cubism, inspired and invented nearly every art movement in the twentieth century.



Victor Vasarely, Leader of the Op Art Movement

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Learn more about Victor Vasarely (1908-1997), the Hungarian-born French painter and sculptor who created the Pop Art Movement.



The Story of Bridget Riley

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Learn more about Bridget Riley (b. 1931), an English painter and printmaker best known for her Op Art pieces.



impasto

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A painting technique, impasto is a thick application of paint (usually oil) that makes no attempt to look smooth.



Leonardo da Vinci's 'Study of Hands'

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This beautiful sketch of three hands is in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle exemplifies Leonardo da Vinci's intense attention to, even fascination with, anatomical correctness and the effects of light and shadow.



nonrepresentational art

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An artwork that does not represent or depict a being, place or thing in the natural world.



Learn About Leonardo da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci, often referred to by just his first name, was the epitome of the term



What Was Leonardo's Name?

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: What Was Leonardo's Name? : In The Da Vinci Code , Robert Langdon refers to Leonardo as "Da Vinci."



Explore the High Renaissance in Italy

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When and where was the High Renaissance? And what roles did Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael play in this important period of art history?



Artists in 60 Seconds: Andrew Wyeth

2017-02-24T11:41:21Z

A biographical profile of Andrew Wyeth, American painter.



Art of the Mesolithic Age (ca 10,000-8,000 BC)

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assemblage

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What's a Line in Art?

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A line is a basic element of art, referring to a continuous mark, made on a surface, by a moving point. A line is long relative to its width. It can define a space, create an outline or pattern, imply movement or texture and allude to mass or volume. Absolutely essential in creating art, the line.



What Was Renaissance Art Like in Venice?

2017-02-24T11:41:21Z

During the Renaissance Venice gave birth to a distinct school of painting. There was just something about the light there that begged to be captured on canvas.



What Is the Sfumato Painting Technique?

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Sfumato means that there are no harsh outlines (as in a coloring book) present; areas blend into one another through miniscule brushstrokes, which makes for a rather hazy, albeit more realistic, depiction of light and color.



La Bella Principessa by Leonardo da Vinci

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This little portrait made big news on October 13, 2009 when Leonardo experts confidently attributed it to the Florentine Master based on forensic evidence.



Leonardo da Vinci's Unfinished Masterpiece

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Of the numerous unfinished canvases begun by Leonardo, The Adoration of the Magi is surely one of the most ambitious, and remains impressive, even in its unfinished state.



Color Field Painting: Art History 101 Basics

2017-02-24T11:41:21Z

Color Field Painting is a branch of Abstract Expressionism that concentrates on colorful shapes and expanses of color which emphasize the literal flatness of the canvas or paper.



What Is a Landscape Painting?

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Landscape is an academic category that refers to works of art which feature views of nature, including seascapes, cityscapes and waterscapes.



Art History Definition: Academy, French

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The French Academy was founded in 1648 during the reign of King Louis XIV as the Academie Royale de peinture et de sculpture. After the French Revolution it became the Academie de peinture et de sculpture and then it was merged with the Academie de musique and the Academie d'architecture to form the Academie des Beaux-Arts. The annual government-sponsored exhibition called the Salon was controlled by the Academie des Beaux-Arts.



Quick Overview of High Renaissance Painter...

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Biography of High Renaissance painter Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) (1483-1520). Description of famous works and influences like Leonardo and Michelangelo.



Was Leonardo da Vinci Gay?

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Discussion on Leonardo da Vinci's sexual orientation.



What Is the Definition of “Salon”?

2017-02-24T11:41:21Z

A salon, based on the French word living room, is a conversational gathering of intellectuals, artists and politicians. The French Salon was the official annual exhibition sponsored by the French government from 1667 to 1890; it continues under the private stewardship of the Societe des Artistes Francais.



Salon Cubism or Salon Cubists

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Elements of Art

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The elements of art are those components that one combines with principles of design to construct art.



Fauvism - Art History 101 Basics

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Some art historians have questioned if Fauvism was indeed a movement, but there is no denying that the brief heyday of the Wild Beasts had a huge impact on Modern Art.



Art History Definition: Action Painting

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Abstract artworks that emphasize the process of or gesture in the creative act through various techniques of application, including dripping, smearing and flinging paint.



The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, 1931

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Art History. Page 5.



Jacob Lawrence Biography

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Learn more about Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), an African American Expressionist painter.



Neolithic Art - Art History 101 Basics

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After the rather ho-hum art of the Mesolithic era, art in the Neolithic (literally:



What Is a Pattern in Art?

2017-02-24T11:41:21Z

A principle of art - and probably the universe itself - pattern means the repetition of an element (or elements) in a work. An artist achieves a pattern through the use of colors (children playing with Legos® know this instinctively), lines (think: Op Art) or shapes (as with mosaics, tessellations, etc.).



Artists in 60 Seconds: René Magritte

2017-02-24T11:41:21Z

A biographical profile of René Magritte (1898-1967), the Belgian Surrealist painter.



10 Ideas for Art History Papers

2017-02-24T11:41:21Z

Writing an art history paper? Here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing, along with some starter prompts and topic suggestions.



Art History Definition: The Fourth Dimension

2017-02-24T11:41:21Z

The Fourth Dimension refers to time among the other dimensions: length, width and depth, or it refers to the mental processes, such as perceiving and feeling.



Top 10 Tips for Art History Students

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Ten tips gathered from top art history students help new art history students organize, prioritize, and memorize. These tips focus on reading, classroom participation and study practice that aid in memorizing art history information, such as artists' names, titles, dates, media, dimension and location.



Franz Kline Biography

2017-02-24T11:41:21Z

Learn more about Franz Kline (1910-1962), a well-known American abstract expressionist painter.



Artists in 60 Seconds: Tezuka Osamu 手...

2017-02-24T11:41:21Z

The Japanese artist (1928-1989) created more than 700 manga series with about 170,000 pages of drawings, and 200,000 pages of anime storyboards and scripts.



Eva Gouel, Picasso's Lover

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Artists in 60 Seconds: Shepard Fairey

2017-02-24T11:41:21Z

Frank Shepard Fairey (born February 15, 1970), an American contemporary street artist, first began to appear in the news for wheat pasting, sticker tagging, and the numerous accompanying arrests that now comprise his official criminal record.