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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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    What’s Inside the Great Pyramid?
    Are there mummies inside the Great Pyramid? Hieroglyphs? Hidden treasure? Ghosts? Find out!
    Demystified / Visual Arts
    pyramid sunset, egypt
    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.
    Walt Disney’s First Cartoon Critter Was Not Mickey Mouse
    Before Mickey Mouse, there was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
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    Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, 1935.
    10 Classical Music Composers to Know
    Who are the most essential classical music composers to know?
    List / Visual Arts
    Macro of sheet music
    Printmaking, an art form consisting of the production of images, usually on paper but occasionally on fabric, parchment,...
    Encyclopedia / Visual Arts
    Mary Cassatt: Woman Bathing
    Op art
    Op art, branch of mid-20th-century geometric abstract art that deals with optical illusion. Achieved through the systematic...
    Encyclopedia / Visual Arts
    Vasarely, Victor: Sign Sculpture
    African art
    African art, the visual arts of native Africa, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, including such media as sculpture, painting,...
    Encyclopedia / Visual Arts
    raffia-fibre cloth
    Scottish Enlightenment
    Scottish Enlightenment, the conjunction of minds, ideas, and publications in Scotland during the whole of the second half...
    Encyclopedia / Visual Arts
    Hume, David

    Visual Arts Quizzes

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    Meet the Futurists
    Think you know Futurism? Test your knowledge of the important people, places, and works with this quiz.
    Original caption: Close-up of leaves, from directly above, "In Glacier National Park," Montana. Photograph shot in 1942 by Ansel Adams (1902-1984) Black and white photograph. Photography. Landscape photographer.
    Know Your Photographers
    How many famous photographers can you name? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
    Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 'Portrait of the Actress Jeanne Samary', 1878. Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia. Jeanne Samary was an actress at the Comedie Francaise. Bust portrait.
    Name the Impressionists
    Can you match these famous Impressionists’ surnames to their given names?
    The gardens at the Palace of Versailles in France were designed by Andre Le Notre.
    Baroque Art and Architecture: Fact or Fiction?
    What does "Baroque" mean, anyway? What happened during the Baroque period? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
    Bavarian Alps. Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany.
    Castles: Fact or Fiction?
    Are you a castle connoisseur, or does your knowledge end at Disneyland? Test your castle cred with this quiz.
    Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France.
    This or That? Manet vs. Monet
    Their names only differ by one letter, but their works vary greatly. See if you can tell which of these things is true about...
    President Abraham Lincoln. Statue of Abraham Lincoln, designed by Daniel Chester French, in the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
    Who Made That?
    You’ve probably heard of most of the famous works of art in this quiz—but do you remember who made them?
    Illustrations of Clowns
    Clowning Around
    Clowns have a longer history than you might think. Whether you love them or are terrified of them, test your knowledge of...
    Hagia Sophia. Istanbul, Turkey. Constantinople. Church of the Holy Wisdom. Church of the Divine Wisdom. Mosque.
    Architecture: The Built World
    What is the name of the tower associated with mosques? Who buillt Hearst Castle? Test your knowledge of architecture and...
    Tourists visit "Cloud Gate", a sculpture by Anish Kapoor, in Millenium Park in Chicago, Illinois.
    Who Made That? (Part 2)
    Who made these iconic works of art? Test your knowledge of art and artists with this quiz.
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    Visual Arts Subcategories

    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.
    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.
    shoe Fashion Design
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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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