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AP Art History Vocab

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1. Grays and monochrome used to shade a painting. Most frequently in outer sides of altarpieces

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

3. 20th century modernist movement that focused on artists personal vision and its emotional impact

4. Site for baptism but separate from a church

5. Black cube symbolizing the center of Islam in Mecca

6. Semi-circular form at a short end of a basilica or eastern end of the nave

7. First major american avant hard movement. Art expressed state of mind to evoke emotional response from the viewer

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

9. Portion of church bordering the nave - but separated from nave by columns of piers

10. 'Fear of empty space' meaning total covering of space with pattern. Popular in ISlamic and Hiberno Saxon art

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

12. Associated with E.Catholic Church

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

14. Painting applied with thick - heavy surfaces

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

16. Rod in Greek mythology intertwined with serpents and magical powers. Most commonly associated with Hermes and medical symbolism

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

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

19. Concentric bands on arch of church

20. Full sized preliminary sketch for a painting

21. Composition made by combing various materials

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

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

24. Engraving in which image is cut into the plate NOT with a burin - but a steel pencil like tool .

25. Movement that defined industrial design as art. Used decorative patterns that were elongated and symmetrical. Ex: Chrysler Building

26. A sculptural medium made of ivory and gold. Known especially in the statue of Athena in the Parthenon

27. Alomd shaped glory surrounding christ figure on tympanum.

28. Female figure used as structural column

29. Public building used for assembly. Evolved from Greek and Roman Tempe. Foundation of axial plane: entrance at short end with apse at eastern end.

30. Right angle intersection of two barrel vaults

31. Late 19th cent movement that focused on synthesis of all arts in creation of natural forms that could be mass produced

32. Pointed tool for incising an engraving plate

33. Symbol of death -usually a skull

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

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

36. Exterior masonry support opposing the lateral thrust of a vault.

37. Art emphasizing derived character with visual reference to objects in nature.

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

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

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

41. Uses land as a medium. Great scale - simple form.

42. Swelling of shaft to adjust for optical allusion

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

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

45. The Italian word for a drawing

46. Mythological battles among greek heroes

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

48. Central section of a mosaic

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

50. Space opens to sky in an ancient Roman house