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20 Art History Terms to Help You Skillfully Describe a Work of Art

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Like any creative field, art history has its own language. While this reality can be overwhelming for aspiring art historians, having a handy glossary of art terms can make analyzing a work of art a lot less intimidating.

In this list, you’ll find 20 words that will help you discuss art with ease. Ranging from general concepts, like brushwork and composition, to specific techniques, including chiaroscuro and troupe l’ceil, this arsenal of art terms offers everything you need to make the most out of your next museum visit. Via: My Modern Met

Michelangelo, ‘David’ (ca. 1501-1504) (Photo: Alfonso de Tomas via Shutterstock)

Giorgione, ‘The Tempest’ (ca. 1506-1508) (Photo: Ismoon via Wikimedia Commons Public Domain)

Detail of Picasso, ‘The Old Guitarist’ (1903) (Photo: The Art Institute of Chicago via Wikimedia Commons Public Domain)

Leonardo da Vinci, ‘Mona Lisa’ (ca. 1503-1516) (Photo: Galerie de tableaux en très haute définition via Wikimedia Commons Public Domain)

Pere Borrell del Caso, ‘Escaping Criticism’ (1874) (Photo: Collection Banco de España via Wikimedia CommonsPublic Domain)

(Photo: Happy Person via Shutterstock)

 

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