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academic art

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Art that is governed by rules, especially art that is sanctioned by an official institution, academy, or school. The term was originally applied in the 17th century to art that conformed to the ...
ancient art, post-Antique collecting

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Collecting of antiquities began in the ancient period itself with the art collections of the Hellenistic dynasts and Romans of the republican and imperial periods (see art Market, ancient). The ...
art education

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Despite historical changes in the nature of artists' work, how they have acquired the knowledge, skills, and experience appropriate to professional practice has remained surprisingly constant. ...
composition

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The Latin word compositio usually represented the Greek synthesis, the most general term for structure or arrangement. Both terms were applied in all the arts in a neutral sense with ...
decorum

decorum  

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[from the Latin decorus, ‘seemly’]Originally a literary term, it is first used in relation to the visual arts in the Renaissance in the writings of Leonardo da Vinci. According to Leonardo's theory ...
dialectic

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The method of reasoning that proceeds by question and answer and logical argument, famously illustrated by the dialogues of Socrates (470–399bce) as recorded by Plato (c.428–347bce). Teaching of ...
drawing

drawing  

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Term that refers both to the act of marking lines on a surface and to the product of such manual work. Whether it is summary or complete, a drawing is ...
eclecticism

eclecticism  

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(Greek, eklegein, to choose)An eclectic position in philosophy or religion is one that seeks to combine the best elements of other views.
exhibitions

exhibitions  

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The temporary display in a given location of a selection of artworks or artefacts. The very first exhibitions of *‘Old Masters’ were held in Rome and Florence in the 17th century. By the 19th century ...
French art

French art  

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The French tradition is one of the most enduringly brilliant in the history of Western art, and France is home to some of the most important artistic monuments and collections ...
Grand Manner

Grand Manner  

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Term applied to the lofty and rhetorical manner of history painting that in academic theory was considered appropriate to the most serious and elevated subjects. The classic exposition of its ...
history painting

history painting  

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Painting in which the subject-matter is taken from classical, mythological, or biblical history. From the Renaissance to Neoclassicism this was regarded in academic circles as the highest form of ...
model

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The term is commonly used in connection with painting and sculpture of a figure, generally a human figure, posed for the artist to copy. Drawing from the life, which usually ...

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