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An artwork's themes or messages, conveyed through subject matter, symbols, or iconography

Subject Matter

The specific idea of an artwork


Intended to communicate something that is not directly expressed


Art that presents nature, people, and objects from the world in a recognizable form. Opposite of nonobjective. Representational art may be abstract.


Artwork that has no imagery that resembles the natural world. Also called nonrepresentational.


An art movement that emerged after World War II that emphasized spontaneous artistic self-expression, non-representational imagery, and distinct paint application; the method used is often action painting. Most Abstract Expressionists works were paintings. Sometimes called AbEx.

Iconographic Analysis

The study of visual images and symbols within their cultural and historical contexts.

Biographical Analysis

The study of visual images and symbols by analysing the artist and the history of the artist.

Feminist Analysis

Artwork or art criticism based on the idea that women should hae political, economic, and social rights that are equal to those of men. Moreover, viewing the art through that concept.

Contextual Analysis

Seeing art by understanding the time period the art was made, or if any major events happend around the time a piece was made. ie. a jewish painting made in World War II.

Formal Analysis

The study of artwork that focuses on the elements of the language of art and the principles of composition.

National Museum

A national museum is a museum that is maintained by a nation.

Art Museum

A place one goes to view art on exhibition

Regional Museum

Art Museums that are designated to a certain region.


A gallery is an exhibition where one can go to view or purchase art

Private Collection

Art that is owned by a specific owner and is not always open to the public. Private collections can sometimes be loaned to a museum for exhibition


Keeping art under specific conditions that keep it from deteriating


Bringing art back to its original state.


The act of destroying religious images or opposing their venration.


The history of ownership of custody of a work of art. Provenance is necessary to authenticate an artwork and ascribe its value; however, provenance can be falsified or lost.


A person who supports the artists and the arts. ie Patronage to a museum would be as if someone was going to a museum.

Teminal Degree

The highest designation that can be attained in a particular field of study.


Masters in Fine Arts

PhD (Creative)

Refers to a doctorates in art


A branch of western philosophies that is concerned with the critical reflections on art, on beauty, and on taste.

Visual Culture

Art criticism that integrats and studies all of the visual components of contemporary culture, including fine art, television, advertising, and so on.

Silent Film

A film where there is no inside noise. The noise can be generated by an outside source like an orchestra.


Movies that have sound generated from the movie itself.


Movies that include the full color spectrum

Hays Code

The Motion Picture Production Code was the set of indusrtry moral censorship guidelines that governed the production of most United States motion pictures released by major studios from 1930-1968


A play or a movie where singing and dancing play and essential part.

Science Fiction

Fiction based on imaged future scientific or technological advances and major social or enviromental changes. Frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets.


Unsettling films designed to frighten and panic, cause dread and alarm, and to invoke our hidden worst fears


An art movement in early-twentieth-century Europe that focused on capturing the subjective feeling toward objective reality. The movement developed a bond, colorful, and vigorous style, especially in painting. Expressionist artists are mostly German, Russian, or Norwegian.


A movie or television or radio program that provides a factual record or report


An artistic practice relieving both of visual arts and cinema. It is meant to be unique and to "try something new".


A series of drawings that vary slightly from one to the next, so that the figures within the drawings appear to move.


Animation made by using a transparent celluloid sheet on which a character, scene, etc., is drawn or painted and which constitutes one fram in the filming or an animated cartoon.


The form of animation that consists of slightly moving objects and then taking a picture of the moved object. Putting these pictures together then makes the illusion of "animation".

Computer Animation

Totally digital animation; in some forms, characters cna be plotted as a series of points and vectors and made to move with mathmatical computation.

Special effects

Unusual and synthetic uses of visuals and sounds to create something simulated like an earthquake, fire, explosion, etc.


French for author. An auteur is a director whose creative vision supersedes all other aspects of the film making process. The artwork of an auteur will have definitive characteristics throughout the director's career.

Male Gaze

The idea that all media was designed to be viewed through "Man's eyes". ie. Women in both men's and women's magazines.

Digital Art

Art that is made with the assistance of electronic devices, or intended ot be displayed on a computer.

Video Art

Art made with recording of cameras and displayed on monitors, and having moving imagery.

Interactive Media

Media that consists of interaction by the viewer


In art, the use of pre-existing objects or images with little or no transformation applied to them. Appropriation recontextializes a familiar image or object without fundamentally changing it.


An art piece usually of mixed media that is organized for and placed in specific space.

Light (Installation)

The use of a light collage as art.

Video (Installation)

The use of a video collage as art.

Multimedia (Installation)

The use of multimedia as art.


Artwork whose primary purposen is to convey an idea or a concept in any medium. Printed text is often included.


Influenced by the "Happening", performance art consists of live-action events staged as artworks.

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