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Arts and Humanities
General Art History Terms
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Shape in 2 or 3 dimensions (circular or spherical, triangular or pyramidal, etc.)
Organization of forms in a work of art
Materials used to create a work of art
Surface quality ( examples rough, smooth, shiny, plush)
Relative size of an object (examples: miniature, life-size, colossal)
Relationship of parts to the whole
Mass and volume in 3-D objects, fictive space in 2-D objects
A person who provides financial support for the arts or pays for the creation of a particular work
Origin or source of a work of art; also ownership history of a work of art
A method of presenting an illusion of the three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface.
A sculpture in which figures or forms project from a background of which they are a part; relief can be low, high, or sunken
Refers to the content or subject of a work of art, including its symbolic meaning
Distinguishing visual characteristics that mark the work an individual artist, period, or culture.
Sculpture in the round
Sculpture which is freestanding and designed to be viewed from all sides.
Formal or Visual Analysis
analysis of a work of art based on its visual or formal elements such as composition, color, texture, scale, proportion, etc.
analysis of a work of art based on its historical and social context considering its period, artist, patron, place of origin, and function.
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