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Visual Arts

These are the arts that meet the eye and evoke an emotion through an expression of skill and imagination. They include the most ancient forms, such as painting and drawing, and the arts that were born thanks to the development of technology, like sculpture, printmaking, photography, and installation art, the latter a combination of multiple creative expressions. Though beauty is in the eye of the beholder, different eras in art history have had their own principles to define beauty, from the richly ornamented taste of the Baroque to the simple, utilitarian style of the Prairie School.
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When did women start wearing pants?
(In Western society, anyway.)
Demystified / Visual Arts
Girl worker at lunch also absorbing California sunshine, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.1942
11 or 12 Things Remembered Well About the Chelsea Hotel
A who’s who of an infamous inn.
List / Visual Arts
Historic NYC Chelsea Hotel Feb. 3, 2012. This landmark hotel, known for its history of notable residents is located on 23rd Street was opened in 1884 in New York City, NY USA.
Walt Disney’s First Cartoon Critter Was Not Mickey Mouse
Before Mickey Mouse, there was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
#WTFact / Visual Arts
Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, 1935.
Who Was the Woman Behind the Statue of Liberty?
Read about the woman who inspired the Statue of Liberty.
Companion / Visual Arts
Statue of Liberty in front of the skyline of Manhattan, New York City, New York.
Film
Film, series of still photographs on film, projected in rapid succession onto a screen by means of light. Because of the...
Encyclopedia / Visual Arts
Doctor Zhivago
Cubism
Cubism, highly influential visual arts style of the 20th century that was created principally by the artists Pablo Picasso...
Encyclopedia / Visual Arts
Pablo Picasso: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
Art conservation and restoration
Art conservation and restoration, any attempt to conserve and repair architecture, paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures,...
Encyclopedia / Visual Arts
Medieval fortifications of the Cité, Carcassonne, France.
Japanese art
Japanese art, the painting, calligraphy, architecture, pottery, sculpture, bronzes, jade carving, and other fine or decorative...
Encyclopedia / Visual Arts
Hokusai: The Breaking Wave off Kanagawa

Visual Arts Quizzes

"Deux Fantassins Casques (Two Helmeted Infantrymen)" Roger de La Fresnaye, 1917. Pen and black ink with wash, 30.8x19.4 cm
Cubism: Art and Artists
What do you know about Cubism and the avant-garde artists who practiced it? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
The Bauhaus Dessau was designed by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius.
Bauhaus
Who founded the Bauhaus school? What was taught there? Test your knowledge about the famous design school with this quiz.
Chicago. Chicago River. Bridge. Skyscraper. Architecture. View of Chicago skyline from the Chicago River, Illinois.
Chicago Architecture
Those corncob buildings on the Chicago River have a name, but do you know what it is? Test your knowledge of the Windy City’s...
Models walk the runway in Isaac Mizrahi Fall Winter Fashion Show, February 18, 2010.
Fashion
Do you know the difference between an A-line dress and a ball gown? Try this quiz to see what you know about fashion.
Japanese garden, flowers, botanicals, botany, trees, foliage, water, bridge
“The Most Perfect Refreshment”: A Garden Quiz
In the words of Jane Austen, “To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.”...
Self-Portrait, oil on canvas by Vincent van Gogh, 1889; in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Overall: 57.2 x 43.8 cm., framed: 82.9 x 69.2 x 6.7 cm.
Name That Artist
What do you know about famous artists of the past and the present? Find out what artist invented a flying machine centuries...
Jeff Bridges as The Dude, Steve Buscemi as Donny, and John Goodman as Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski, 1998. Directed by the Coen Brothers.
Coen Brothers
Do you think you know about the films of Joel and Ethan Coen? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, with her dog, Toto, from the motion picture film The Wizard of Oz (1939); directed by Mervyn LeRay. (cinema, movies)
Classic Closing Lines
Some classic movies have memorable last lines. See if you know who said what where.
Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) directing on the set of the film - Barry Lyndon (1975) motion picture director movie screenwriter
Stanley Kubrick
Do you think you know about the films of Stanley Kubrick? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
Rodin Museum, Paris.
Museums of the Western World
Test your knowledge of museums that hold some of the world’s greatest paintings, sculptures, and other pieces of art.
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Ryue Nishizawa (left) and Kazuyo Sejima with their Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London, 2009. Architecture
Architecture is a sphere of art and design in which functionality and aesthetics can combine to produce visually stunning structures that manage to both catch the eye and serve a functional purpose. The expansive variety of architectural styles that have been employed throughout the ages underscores the fact that not every building need look the same, a principle that is readily apparent when comparing Gothic cathedrals with igloos or pagodas with cliff dwellings. Noted architects such as Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, I.M. Pei, Zaha Hadid, and Jeanne Gang are acclaimed not only for the striking aesthetics of their designs but also for the way in which their work reflected cultural themes and values. Although architecture is commonly associated first and foremost with the design and construction of buildings, landscape architects may work with gardens, parks, and other planned outdoor areas, aiding in the development and decorative planning of such spaces.
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Awards such as the Praemium Imperiale and the Pritzker Prize honor artists for a job well done.
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Teatro Olimpico, designed by Andrea Palladio and completed by Vincenzo Scamozzi, 1585, Vicenza, Italy. Decorative Art
People appreciate the usefulness of things like glassware and furniture, but they appreciate such objects even more when they’re aesthetically pleasing, too. That’s where decorative art comes in. Explore the world of basketry, metalwork, pottery, interior design, tapestry, and more.
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Looking to make a statement without even saying a word? Fashion designers know that clothing and accessories can speak volumes about the wearer, affecting both how the wearer is perceived by others and how the wearer perceives of him- or herself. The fashion industry has become a multibillion-dollar global enterprise devoted to the business of making and selling clothes; it thrives by being diverse and flexible enough to gratify any consumer's desire to embrace or even to reject fashionability, however that term might be defined.
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William Blake Graphic Art
Calligraphy, graffiti, engraving, caricature: graphic art's domain stretches as far as the eye can see. Take a look at some of the other types of graphic art, and learn more about the artists working within this category of fine arts.
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Turrell, James Installation & Performance Art
Learn about the artists who create installation art, which can incorporate a variety of different materials and artistic forms, such as sculptures, videos, and music, all with the purpose of transforming a given space. Performance artists may also make use of videos and music—as well as such varied elements as acting, poetry, dance, and painting—to create a live presentation for an audience; here, the "audience" could simply consist of onlookers on the street or patrons browsing the halls of a museum, among countless other possibilities.
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Vincent van Gogh: A Wheatfield, with Cypresses Painting
Need help distinguishing your Picassos from your Monets? Learn about history’s celebrated painters and the different styles, techniques, mediums, and forms that have been used to create such unique visual images as Salvador Dalí’s melting clock and the ever-shifting eyes of Leonardo da Vinci’s enigmatic Mona Lisa.
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Dada exhibit Photography
Photography’s history began long before we were snapping pictures on camera phones. Learn about the masters of the craft and explore the development of photographic technology as it progressed through daguerreotypes and tintypes on the way to modern day’s increasingly sophisticated digital cameras.
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Looking to find a use for that extra clay, stone, plaster, or metal that you have lying around? Consider sculpture, in which artists employ these materials and others to create three-dimensional art. Perhaps you’ll join the ranks of noted sculptors such as Michelangelo, Auguste Rodin, and Donatello.
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