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That2003
An essential reference work embracing the vast vocabulary of art in all its forms. Contains over 2000 authoritative entries. Covers painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, the decorative, applied and graphic arts from all periods throughout the world up to the present day: there is even a table of the dynasties of Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, China, India and Japan.
Author(s): Edward Lucie-Smith
Edition: 2nd
Articles: 2,315
Images: 34

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abacus

In architecture, the uppermost part of a capital . (See also entablature , orders of architecture .) ...

abbozzo (Italian 'sketch, outline')

Underpainting in monochrome , used to indicate the general composition of a picture before its final colouring. ...

Abject Art

Term brought to prominence in 1993 by an exhibition at the Whitney Museum, New York, entitled ‘Abject Art: Repulsion and Desire in...

Aboriginal Art

Art made by the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. In recent years, this term has been used particularly for a new school of Aboriginal...

absidiole

See apsidiole . ...

abstract art

Art which is either completely non- representational , or which converts forms observed in reality into patterns which are read by the...

Abstract Expressionism

The consciously American style of art which emerged in New York during the 1940s and remained dominant until the late 1950s. It was...

Abstract Illusionism

A tendency in American abstract painting of the late 1960s and 1970s in which forms and brush-strokes, normally experienced by the spectator...

Abstract Image painting

The type of Abstract Expressionism which makes its effect purely through the use of colour and form , with no emphasis on brush-strokes or...

Abstraction-Création (French)

Name adopted by a large group of abstract artists formed in Paris in 1931, under the leadership of Auguste Herbin and Georges Vantongerloo....

Abstraction Lyrique (French 'Lyrical Abstraction')

European equivalent of American Abstract Expressionism , particularly associated with the calligraphic painting of Georges Mathieu, from...

academic art

Art created according to the prescriptions of the official academies of painting and sculpture which flourished in Europe from the 17th to...

academy

An institution whose origins lie in the many associations formed during the Renaissance as a revolt against the medieval guild system,...

academy figure

A painting or drawing of the male or female nude executed not as an end in itself but as part of the whole process of study, as taught in an ...

acanthus

An architectural ornament derived from the stiff, prickly leaves of the Mediterranean plant Acanthus spinosus . It is used as part of the...