An important and enduring symbol, an object of great attention and devotion.
Having the character of an icon.
Subject matter in visual art instilled with symbolic meanings.
An image used as an object of worship; one that is adored, often blindly or excessively.
An unreal, deceptive, or misleading appearance or image.
An image that accompanies written text and aids in its interpretation.
A image that creates the illusion of a real object or scene, or a sculpture where the artist has depicted a figure in such a realistic way that they seem alive.
A representation of a person or thing in a work of art.
An Italian word meaning ‘paste’ or ‘mixture’, that describes a painting technique where paint is thickly laid on a surface, so that the texture of brush strokes are clearly visible.
A 19th century art movement, associated especially with French artists, whose works are characterised by small, thin, visible brushstrokes that form a single scene and emphasise movement and the changing qualities of light.
To make, compose, or perform on the spur of the moment with little or no preparation; Also the name given to the performance.
A waterproof ink made from lampblack.
In position or place.
An ancient writing and drawing medium in liquid or paste form. While traditionally black or brown, modern inks are available in a myriad colours.
Large-scale, mixed-media constructions, often designed for a specific place or for a temporary period of time.
An act of critiquing an institution as artistic practice, the institution usually being a museum or an art gallery.
A printmaking technique where an image is produced by cutting into the printing plate to create cuts which retain the ink that forms the printed image.
Interactive art describes art that relies on the participation of a spectator.
A discipline of design that focuses on the functional and aesthetic aspects of indoor spaces.
A French term applied to paintings and drawings of quiet domestic scenes