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AP Art History Vocab

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1. Elaborate - flowery - grandoise art and architecture. Associated with rococo design --> elegant furniture - ornamental mirrors - and extravagant detail.

2. 3 first letters in Greek spelling of Christ

3. American avant-garde movement of the 1960s that stressed the ideas of the artist rather than the final product

4. Painting technique using pigments ground in water

5. Canopy on Columns. Most often seen over an altar - st.Peters

6. Medieval pages that are illuminated and decorative. Looks like cloth.

7. Theory about nature of art - expression - and beauty.

8. Building material devised by ancient romans. Made of lime - volcanic sand - and gravel

9. Distorted image that must be viewed in a special way or angle to be correctly perceived

10. Symbol of death -usually a skull

11. Greek monster with head and body of a lion - trail of a serpant/dragon - and 2nd head of a goat from the butt

12. Swelling of shaft to adjust for optical allusion

13. LAte Renaissance movement in which mannerisms were used to evoke emotional expression

14. Northern American dolls of the Soutwest representing the powers and spirits living in mountains and water sources

15. Term used by Jean Dubuffet to describe art that is untaught and brutish

16. Space between triglyphs in a Dporic frieze carved with a relief figure

17. Art movement that captured the spirit of 1850s+. After WWII - associated with formalism.

18. Clothing of men and women in greece. Tunic-like

19. Art movement in response to nihilism and horror of WWI. Rejection of art and civilizations that produced it in favor of the absurd

20. Concentric bands on arch of church

21. Back to back columns with lions to indicated 4 directions

22. Top of a columns shaft where it joints the lintel.

23. Early photographic process developed by Louis Daguerre

24. Associated with E.Catholic Church

25. Post-modernist art creating an environment in a room or gallery

26. A panel located above or behind the altar. Has a predella which is a shelf like base

27. Early 20th cent movement of artists who advocated revolution against all forms of traditional values and styles.

28. Composition made by combing various materials

29. Early 20th cent movement that rejected naturalistic deception of shapes and forms

30. Pointed tool for incising an engraving plate

31. Using simple geometric figures rather than gestures

32. Row of vase shape columns with a railing on top - a decorative fence

33. Abstract painting in which the gesture is seen as the subject of the painting

34. Late 19th cent movement attempting to capture fleeting moment of nature

35. Torso pointing in one direction and shoulders - arm -s or legs in another with weight unevenly distributed.

36. Full sized preliminary sketch for a painting

37. Engraving on a metal plate covered in a protective wax. Incised parts are etched when surface is bathed in acid.

38. Central section of a mosaic

39. Highest point in Greek city-state - specifically Athens.

40. Space opens to sky in an ancient Roman house

41. Alomd shaped glory surrounding christ figure on tympanum.

42. Refrence to elevation in clouds and heaven - which includes angelic and historical figures

43. The wine and wafer that symbolize the last supper - literally or figuratively

44. Name of an image that depicts an anthroned virgin mary and baby jesus

45. Covered walkway outdoors in a cloister - or covered walkway indoors in a church following the apse.

46. Led by Matisse --> color is the most important element in a painting - and it is held together by intense line and pattern

47. A greek chambre in the nave where a cult statue would stand. Most famous in the Parthenon

48. 20th century modernist movement that focused on artists personal vision and its emotional impact

49. Movement dominated by Naum Gabo. Building structures piece by piece rather than by modeling. Using volume of space and mass

50. Bell tower separate from the main church building