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Introduction

The visual arts are art forms such as painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, video, filmmaking, design, crafts, and architecture. Many artistic disciplines such as performing arts, conceptual art, textile arts also involve aspects of visual arts as well as arts of other types. Also included within the visual arts are the applied arts such as industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design and decorative art.

Current usage of the term "visual arts" includes fine art as well as the applied or decorative arts and crafts, but this was not always the case. Before the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and elsewhere at the turn of the 20th century, the term 'artist' had for some centuries often been restricted to a person working in the fine arts (such as painting, sculpture, or printmaking) and not the decorative arts, craft, or applied art media. The distinction was emphasized by artists of the Arts and Crafts Movement, who valued vernacular art forms as much as high forms. Art schools made a distinction between the fine arts and the crafts, maintaining that a craftsperson could not be considered a practitioner of the arts.

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Profile of a Hoysala temple at Somanathapura
Hoysala architecture is the distinctive building style developed under the rule of the Hoysala Empire in the region historically known as Karnata, today's Karnataka, India, between the 11th and the 14th centuries. Hoysala influence was at its peak in the 13th century, when it dominated the Southern Deccan Plateau region. Large and small temples built during this era remain as examples of the Hoysala architectural style, including the Chennakesava Temple at Belur, the Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebidu, and the Kesava Temple at Somanathapura. Other examples of fine Hoysala craftmanship are the temples at Belavadi, Amrithapura, and Nuggehalli. Study of the Hoysala architectural style has revealed a negligible Indo-Aryan influence while the impact of Southern Indian style is more distinct.

The vigorous temple building activity of the Hoysala Empire was due to the social, cultural and political events of the period. The stylistic transformation of the Karnata temple building tradition reflected religious trends popularized by the Vaishnava and Virashaiva philosophers as well as the growing military prowess of the Hoysala kings who desired to surpass their Western Chalukya overlords in artistic achievement.


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The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.
Marcel Duchamp, The Creative Act (1957)


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Roman Vishniac, c. 1981
Roman Vishniac was a renowned Russian-American photographer, best known for capturing on film the culture of Jews in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. He was, however, an extremely diverse photographer, an accomplished biologist and a knowledgeable student and teacher of art history. Throughout his life, he made significant scientific contributions to the fields of photomicroscopy and time-lapse photography. He later became a teacher and collector of historic art and artifacts. Vishniac was very interested in history, especially that of his ancestors. In turn, he was strongly tied to his Jewish roots and was a Zionist later in life. Roman Vishniac won international acclaim for his photography: his pictures from the shtetlach and Jewish ghettos, celebrity portraits, and images of microscopic biology. He is known for his book A Vanished World, published in 1947, which was one of the first such pictorial documentations of Jewish culture in Eastern Europe from that period. He is known also for his extreme humanism and respect and awe for life, sentiments that can be seen in all aspects of his work.


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Visual arts

Architecture | Ceramic art | Comics | Crafts | Design | Drawing | Illustration | Film | Glass | Graphic design | Industrial design | Landscape architecture | Multimedia | Painting | Photography | Pottery | Printmaking | Public art | Sculpture | Typography | Mosaic


Artists | Art awards | Artist collectives | Art collectors | Art critics | Art curators | Art exhibitions | Art forgery | Art history | Art materials | Art schools | Artistic techniques | Conservation and restoration


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Visual arts(62 C, 56 P)
Art by city(14 C)
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Art media(58 C, 100 P)
Works of art(39 C, 7 P)
Lists of visual art topics(8 C, 24 P)
Architecture(45 C, 180 P)
Art by animals(1 C, 8 P)
Art by religion(8 C, 1 P)
Artist colonies(4 C, 80 P)
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Artists(37 C, 4 P)
Audiovisual art(2 C, 4 P)
Art awards(15 C, 79 P)
Visual arts bibliographies(3 C, 2 P)
Black-and-white media(6 C, 6 P)
Book arts(9 C, 61 P)
Business of visual arts(2 C, 24 P)
Calligraphy(8 C, 43 P)
Art collections(9 C, 6 P)
Composition in visual art(1 C, 41 P)
Art conferences(8 P)
Art crime(8 C, 48 P)
Design(53 C, 218 P)
Digital art(11 C, 132 P)
Drawing(8 C, 52 P)
Art education(13 C, 47 P)
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Art exhibitions(17 C, 78 P)
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Handicrafts(19 C, 86 P)
Art history(39 C, 154 P)
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Art manifestos(15 P)
Art materials(23 C, 106 P)
Art movements(65 C, 250 P)
Art museums and galleries(30 C, 1 P)
Visual arts occupations(6 C, 29 P)
Art and design organizations(13 C, 29 P)
Painting(11 C, 83 P)
Panoramic art(2 C, 8 P)
Patrons of art(2 C, 6 P)
Photography(20 C, 36 P)
Sculpture(24 C, 51 P)
Art societies(1 C, 69 P)
Sociology of art(1 C, 1 P)
Artistic techniques(14 C, 163 P)
Art terminology(4 C, 23 P)
Visual arts theory(1 C, 26 P)
Art therapy(1 C, 21 P)
Visual art journals(1 C, 15 P)
Walking art(38 P)
Works about visual art(4 C, 4 P)
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