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1.2: Key Learning Items

  • Page ID
    22810
  • Learning Objectives

    After successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

    • Understand and apply the basic concepts and terminology of Art History as a discipline
    • Investigate and apply the fundamental questions we ask when looking at an art object
    • Discuss, collaborate, and generate understanding as to the meaning of works of art and architecture

    Key Questions to Ask

    While you are reviewing the content of this module, consider the following questions:

    • What year was the artwork created?
    • What is going on in history when the artwork was created?
    • How should I look at art?
    • How should I describe art?
    • What is the special language that is used to describe art?

    Key Vocabulary Terms

    • circa
    • two-dimensional
    • three-dimensional
    • representational art
    • abstract art
    • non-representational/non-objective art
    • portrait
    • still life
    • landscape
    • seascape
    • cityscape
    • illusion of space
    • perspective (one point)
    • foreground/middle ground/background
    • horizon line
    • vanishing point
    • sculpture: relief, intaglio, in the round (free standing)

    Here are links to art history glossaries that will help you better understand the above key vocabulary terms.

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