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Published: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:07:30 +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

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



The 3 Most Important Functions of Art

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



What You Should Know About the Visual Arts

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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 Exactly Is Contemporary Art?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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..



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

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



What Is Balance in Art?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



What Dada Was and Why It Matters

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



7 Surprising Facts About the Sistine Chapel...

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



How Is Color Defined in Art?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



How to Really Understand Surrealist Art

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



How Do You Define Modern Art?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



What Is Value in Art?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



What Does Space Mean in Art?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



Explore the World of Pop Art!

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



How to Define Contrast in the Art World

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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 to Identify Synthetic Cubism

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



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.



Art History 101: What is Cubism?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



The Easiest Way to Understand Representational...

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



Is Mary Magdalene in "The Last Supper"?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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?



What Is Texture in Art?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



What Is the Definition of Shape in Art?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



What Was Analytical Cubism?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the...

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

The Great Uphheaval, Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918, brings together the greatest examples of early twentieth-century art in France, Italy, Germany, Russian and Eastern Europe. This watershed moment brought about new artistic forms in everyone media, and the artists influenced each other.



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



Learn About the Life of Michelangelo

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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).



Get to Know Andy Warhol

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



What You Should Know About Op Art

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



Romanticism - Art History 101 Basics

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



Why Should I Study Art History?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



How to Understand Performance Art

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

The term. Art History.



What Is Artistic Unity?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



The Story Behind “Christina’s...

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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 Art Was Like During the Paleolithic Age

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



The First Impressionist Exhibition - 1874

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



Definition and Examples of Appropriation Art

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



What Was the Renaissance, Really?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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Artists in 60 Seconds: Marcel Duchamp

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



How to Write an Art History Paper

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



Funk Art - Art History 101 Basics

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



How Mannerism Signaled the End for the Italian...

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



What is Emphasis in Art?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



What Is Nonobjective Art?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



The Entire History of Art in 5 Steps

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



What Makes Abstract Expressionism?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



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

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



What Does Medium Mean in Art?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



The Hierarchy of Genres in Academic Art

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



The Basics of Post-Impressionism Art

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



Famous Artists Who Committed Suicide (Some May...

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



assemblage

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The Story of Bridget Riley

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



Victor Vasarely, Leader of the Op Art Movement

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



Art History - Italian Proto-Renaissance:...

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

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What Is Rhythm in Art?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



Please explain that "V" and/or "M"

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

: Please explain that "V" and/or "M" : "As anyone can plainly see, the space between Jesus and John,



Before You Write an Essay on Impressionism

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

There are a few common misconceptions about Impressionism that you may want to avoid including. There are also a few truisms that you should include.



impasto

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



Art History 101 - The High Northern Renaissance

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

The first half of the 16th century saw the North enjoying its own High Renaissance. The primary reason this came about can be summed up in two words: Albrecht Dürer.



Franz Kline Biography

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



Yves Tanguy - French-Born American Surrealist...

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



What Is a Bas Relief?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



Fast Facts About the Great Pablo Picasso

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



What Was Renaissance Art Like in Venice?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



tone

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

Tone is a quality of color. Art History.



What's the Difference Between an Era, a Period...

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

An era is usually long: the Baroque Era lasted 200 years. A movement describes a group of artists who banded together. A period is more slippery.



Was Leonardo da Vinci Gay?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

Discussion on Leonardo da Vinci's sexual orientation.



Explore the High Renaissance in Italy

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



Was Leonardo a Vegetarian?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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Neolithic Art - Art History 101 Basics

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



Artists in 60 Seconds: Tezuka Osamu 手...

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



Learn About Leonardo da Vinci

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



Salon Cubism or Salon Cubists

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Color Field Painting: Art History 101 Basics

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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's a Line in Art?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



Top 10 Tips for Art History Students

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



What Was Leonardo's Name?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



Art History Definition: Academy, French

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



Florence's Importance to the Early Renaissance

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



Special Exhibition Image Gallery: Dada at MoMA...

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

The first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on the brief but hugely influential



What Is the Sfumato Painting Technique?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



What Is a Landscape Painting?

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



nonrepresentational art

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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



papier collé

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

Papier collé is a kind of collage composed only of glued papers on a flat surface, usually a canvas or paper, sometimes in combination with depicted images.



The Turbulent Life of Van Gogh

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

Vincent van Gogh lived a short, deeply tormented life, throughout which he sought (in vain) his place in the world. He died, by his own hand, feeling his life was a miserable failure. Unbeknownst to Vincent, the work he did pioneered the Expressionistic style and, 150 years after his birth, his name would be world famous.



Art History Definition: History Painting or...

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

History Painting or Sculpture is a category in the old Academic tradition that places this subject matter far above all other subject matter in artmaking. History Painting was considered more important than portraiture, landscapes, still life, and genre painting. This academic system of evaluation no longer holds sway in art schools or art exhibitions.



Fauvism - Art History 101 Basics

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



Artists in 60 Seconds: Andrew Wyeth

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

A biographical profile of Andrew Wyeth, American painter.



Celebes (Célèbes) or The Elephant...

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

About the Show: Cologne was under British occupation from 1918 to 1926, essentially just about as long



1 Copper Sheet 1 Zinc Sheet 1 Rubber Cloth, ca....

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Art History. Page 2.



Artists in 60 Seconds: Shepard Fairey

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



Dr. Mayer-Hermann, 1926

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

Both Dr. Wilhelm (later William) Mayer-Hermann (1890-1945) and his portrait by Otto Dix wound up across the Atlantic Ocean in the same city. Six years after its completion, the painting Dr. Mayer-Hermann was donated to the Museum of Modern Art in 1932, where it has remained on permanent display ever since. Page 4.



Mona Lisa Coloring Page

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

A line drawing of Leonardo's Mona Lisa for your coloring page fun. You are free to save and print this image for personal, educational and non-commercial purposes.



Leonardo da Vinci's 'Study of Hands'

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

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.



Artists in 60 Seconds: Camille Pissarro

2016-12-09T11:07:30Z

Camille Pissarro was among the founders of Impressionism and exhibited in all eight exhibitions. An anarchist, he lent to the movement a social consciousness about modernity's effects on the country and city.