Artistic Flair

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Essential Vocabulary for the GRE - Artistic Flair

Essential Vocabulary for the GRE
embroiderynoun

the activity of sewing decorative patterns onto a piece of clothing

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calligraphynoun

the art of producing beautiful handwriting using special writing instruments such as a dip or brush pen

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carvingnoun

the art or process of making a particular pattern or object by cutting solid material

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engravingnoun

the art or process of carving an artistic shape or pattern on a hard material

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ceramicsnoun

the process or art of making objects out of clay that are heated to become resistant

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origami
origaminoun

the practice or art of folding paper into desired shapes, which is originated from Japanese culture

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portraiturenoun

the art or act of making portraits of people

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tapestrynoun

a thick piece of handwoven textile with designs or pictures on it that is used for hangings, curtains, etc.

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collage
collagenoun

the art of making pictures by sticking photographs, pieces of cloth or colored paper onto a surface

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muralnoun

a large painting done on a wall

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tableaunoun

a group of models or statues arranged in an artistic way, representing a famous historical or fictitious scene

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still lifenoun

a painting or drawing, representing objects that do not move, such as flowers, glassware, etc.; an artwork created using this method

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surrealism
surrealismnoun

a 20th-century style of art and literature in which unrelated events or images are combined in an unusual way to represent the experiences of the mind

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symbolismnoun

a late 19th-century style or movement of art that tried to express thoughts and states of mind in strong words and images, called symbols, and avoided detailed representations of the reality

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abstract
abstractadjective

(of a form of art) not depicting things as they are in real life but as what the artist thinks of them

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Baroquenoun

an ornate and grand style of art, music, and architecture present in the 17th and early 18th centuries in Europe

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batiknoun

‌a technique used to color designs on fabrics in which wax is applied to the parts that should be left undyed, originally used in the island of Java, Indonesia

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classicism
classicismnoun

a style of art and literature associated with harmony, simplicity, and beauty based on the standards of ancient Greece and Rome, Classicism was popular in Europe from the Renaissance to the 18th century

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silhouettenoun

a drawing that depicts the outline of someone or something that is in a single black color and against a light background, often from the side

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charcoal
charcoalnoun

a piece or pencil made of a black substance mostly consisting carbon, used by artists for drawing

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crayon
crayonnoun

a small stick of white or colored wax or chalk, used for writing or drawing

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mannerismnoun

a European style of art in the late 16th century characterized by hyper-idealization and distorted human forms

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figurativeadjective

representing people, animals and objects and forms as they appear in the real world

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minimalism
minimalismnoun

‌a style of art, music, or design that arose in the 1950s and is associated with simplicity and uses only a limited number of elements

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retrospectivenoun

a public exhibition of an artist's work over a span of time, showing their career development

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perspectivenoun

the technique of representing a two-dimensional object in a way that gives the right impression of distance by drawing objects and people that are farther in a smaller size

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palette
palettenoun

a thin oval board that a painter uses to mix colors and hold pigments on, with a hole for the thumb to go through

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pigment
pigmentnoun

a dry substance that has to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint

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musenoun

a source of inspiration for an artist or author that gives them ideas or motivates them to create works of art

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likenessnoun

a portrait or representation of someone, especially one that looks just like them

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patronnoun

an individual who provides monetary aid for an artist, charity, cause, etc.

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curatornoun

someone who is in charge of a museum, taking care of a collection, artwork, etc.

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harmonynoun

a pleasing combination of things in a way that forms a coherent whole

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impastonoun

a painting technique in which paint is applied so thickly to the canvas or panel that the brush strokes are visible

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iconnoun

a depiction of Jesus Christ or a holy figure painted on a wooden panel often on a gilded background, venerated by the Eastern Orthodox Church

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bust
bustnoun

a sculpture representing someone's head, shoulders and chest

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to sculptverb

to form figures and objects by cutting and carving hard materials such as wood, stone, metal, etc.

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restoration
restorationnoun

the act of repairing something such as an artwork, building, etc. to be in its original state

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shadingnoun

lines and markings in dark color that provide the effect of light and shade in a drawing or painting

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magnum opusnoun

the greatest literary or artistic piece that an author or artist has created

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pottery
potterynoun

the skill or activity of making dishes, pots, etc. using clay

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taxidermynoun

the art of preserving the dead body of animals by skinning and then filling them with a specific substance in order to use them as decoration

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handicraftnoun

the activity or art of skillfully using one’s hand to create attractive objects

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