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CEFR C2 Vocabulary - Arts

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CEFR C2 Vocabulary
pastiche
[noun]
an artwork that imitates the style of someone or something else on purpose
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oeuvre
[noun]
the collection of artistic or literary works produced by a particular painter, author, etc.
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parody
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a piece of writing, music, etc. that imitates the style of someone else in a humorous way
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magnum opus
[noun]
the greatest literary or artistic piece that an author or artist has created
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Afrofuturism
[noun]
a cultural and artistic movement that explores the intersection of African and African Diaspora culture with technology and the future
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canon
[noun]
generally accepted rules or principles, especially those that are considered as fundamental in a field of art or philosophy
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altarpiece
[noun]
a work of art that is placed above or behind an altar
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bust
[noun]
a sculpture representing someone's head, shoulders, and chest
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etching
[noun]
the art or process of cutting or carving designs or writings on a metal surface using an acid or a laser beam
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impasto
[noun]
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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pointillism
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an art technique using tiny dots of color to create an image
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fresco
[noun]
a technique of mural painting that is done by putting watercolor on wet plaster on a wall or ceiling
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mannerism
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a European style of art in the late 16th century characterized by hyper-idealization and distorted human forms
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Baroque
[noun]
an ornate and grand style of art, music, and architecture present in the 17th and early 18th centuries in Europe
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neoclassicism
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a style of art, literature, music, or architecture that imitates the style practiced in ancient Greece and Rome
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diorama
[noun]
a small-scale three-dimensional model or display depicting a scene, often enclosed within a glass case for viewing
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chiaroscuro
[noun]
a technique used in drawing and painting that involves the use of light and dark tones to create a sense of depth and contrast
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Dadaism
[noun]
an art movement that challenges the concept of art itself, often creating works that reject traditional principles
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Rococo
[noun]
an elaborate and heavily decorated style of art, architecture, and furniture with asymmetrical patterns that was prevalent in Europe in the 18th century
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trompe l'oeil
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an art technique that deceives the eye by creating realistic optical illusions
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abstract expressionism
[noun]
a modern art movement originated in New York in which an artist expresses subjective feelings in abstract forms rather than external objects or figures
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kinetic art
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a modern art form that depends on motion to produce the desired effect
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mimesis
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the artistic representation or imitation of reality, often with the aim of depicting the natural world or human experiences
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Quattrocento
[noun]
the artistic period of the 15th century in Italian Renaissance art
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tableau
[noun]
a group of models or statues arranged in an artistic way, representing a famous historical or fictitious scene
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aesthete
[noun]
a person with highly refined artistic tastes who appreciates and actively seeks out experiences of beauty
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typography
[noun]
the art and technique of organizing written text in a visually appealing and readable manner
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connoisseur
[noun]
an individual who is an expert of art, food, music, etc. and can judge its quality
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horology
[noun]
the art of making watches and clocks
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avant-garde
[adjective]
innovative, experimental, or unconventional in style or approach, especially in the arts
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