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Art appreciation is a term used to describe the ability to understand and acknowledge the key components in all great artwork that really makes it stand out, which in turn helps you develop and improve your own work. What can you tell us about the practice? Let’s take a look.


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  • 1. 

    Abstraction

    • A.

      A non-representational artwork that has meaning only within itself

    • B.

      A simplification of a natural setting

    • C.

      A representational artwork that is stylized in some way

    • D.

      An analysis of an intricate design

    Correct Answer
    C. A representational artwork that is stylized in some way
    Explanation
    The term "abstraction" refers to a representational artwork that is stylized in some way. This means that the artwork is based on something from the real world, but it is presented in a simplified or distorted manner. The artist may use exaggerated shapes, colors, or other elements to convey their personal interpretation or expression. This type of abstraction allows for a unique and subjective representation of the subject matter, going beyond a literal depiction.

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  • 2. 

    Lintel

    • A.

      A triangular bracket of brick or stone

    • B.

      An object that perceived to be the embodiment of a holy spirit

    • C.

      An architectural movement that came about during the early 20th century; emphasized volume over form and avoided ornamentation

    • D.

      A horizontal beam spanning above an entry way

    • E.

      A rectangular tiered temple built by the Assyrians and Babylonians

    Correct Answer
    D. A horizontal beam spanning above an entry way
    Explanation
    A lintel is a horizontal beam that spans above an entryway. It is a structural element that supports the weight of the wall above the opening, distributing it evenly to the vertical supports on either side. Lintels can be made of various materials such as wood, stone, or metal, and they are commonly used in architecture to create doorways and windows. They provide stability and strength to the structure, allowing for the creation of openings without compromising the integrity of the building.

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  • 3. 

    Apotrope

    • A.

      An object thought to have the power to repel evil

    • B.

      Woolen tunic worn by people of ancient Greece

    • C.

      Avenue or entrance way to a building

    • D.

      Bronze pottery used to mix wine and water

    • E.

      A small circular building of sacred use

    Correct Answer
    A. An object thought to have the power to repel evil
    Explanation
    An apotrope is an object that is believed to have the ability to repel evil. It is commonly used in various cultures and religions as a form of protection against negative energies and spirits. These objects can take various forms, such as amulets, talismans, or symbols, and are often worn or displayed in homes or places of worship. The belief in apotropes stems from the idea that certain objects possess inherent powers or properties that can ward off evil and bring good fortune.

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  • 4. 

    Contrapposto

    • A.

      Great father of the nation

    • B.

      A devoted religious organization group formed by the laymen during the Middle Ages

    • C.

      A Christian-based militaristic campaign during the 11th - 13th centuries

    • D.

      "counterpoise"; appearance of weight being shifted in the sculpture to imply movement

    Correct Answer
    D. "counterpoise"; appearance of weight being shifted in the sculpture to imply movement
  • 5. 

    Sfumato

    • A.

      Aboriginal cape

    • B.

      A painting technique used to create soft modeling; described as "smokey"

    • C.

      The truthfulness of a subject matter

    • D.

      "holy" measuring tape

    Correct Answer
    B. A painting technique used to create soft modeling; described as "smokey"
    Explanation
    The term "sfumato" refers to a painting technique that involves creating soft and gradual transitions between colors and tones. It is often described as "smokey" because it gives a hazy and blurred effect to the artwork. This technique is used to achieve a realistic and three-dimensional appearance in the painting by eliminating harsh lines and edges. It is commonly associated with the works of Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci. The other options provided in the question, such as "aboriginal cape," "the truthfulness of a subject matter," and "holy measuring tape," are unrelated and do not describe the meaning of "sfumato."

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  • 6. 

    Canon

    • A.

      A set of ratios for ideal beauty

    • B.

      A subject matter that is educational in a moral way

    • C.

      Imitation

    • D.

      Material possessions

    • E.

      Harmony of the parts within a whole

    Correct Answer
    A. A set of ratios for ideal beauty
    Explanation
    The term "Canon" refers to a set of ratios for ideal beauty. This suggests that there are specific mathematical ratios or proportions that are considered to be the standard for beauty. These ratios may be used in various art forms, such as painting or sculpture, to create aesthetically pleasing and visually harmonious compositions. The concept of canon in this context implies that there is an objective and universally agreed-upon standard of beauty based on these ratios.

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  • 7. 

    Entasis

    • A.

      A medium through the use of tiles

    • B.

      Ideal form

    • C.

      Intersanctum of a temple

    • D.

      Statues of male figures; based on pharaoh statues

    • E.

      Tapering of a column

    Correct Answer
    E. Tapering of a column
    Explanation
    Entasis refers to the slight swelling or bulging of a column, typically found in classical architecture. This technique is used to counteract the optical illusion that makes straight lines appear curved when viewed from a distance. By tapering the column slightly, it creates the illusion of a straight and perfectly vertical line. This technique was commonly used in ancient Greek and Roman architecture to achieve visual harmony and balance in column design.

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  • 8. 

    Intuitive perspective

    • A.

      A method in which parallel lines converge into one vanishing point

    • B.

      The process of lightening and blending an object into the background; used to create a sense of space and depth

    • C.

      Used to imitate a sighting phenomenon; similar to one-point perspective, but parallels do not converge to one vanishing point

    • D.

      The processing of decreasing the size of objects as they move further into the background

    Correct Answer
    C. Used to imitate a sighting phenomenon; similar to one-point perspective, but parallels do not converge to one vanishing point
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "used to imitate a sighting phenomenon; similar to one-point perspective, but parallels do not converge to one vanishing point." This explanation suggests that the concept of "intuitive perspective" is a technique used in art to create the illusion of depth and distance. It is similar to one-point perspective, where parallel lines converge to a single vanishing point, but in intuitive perspective, the parallels do not converge to one vanishing point. This technique is employed to imitate the way objects appear in real life when viewed from a particular vantage point.

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  • 9. 

    Which ancient mythical deity is also known as the "Dirt-Eater"?

    • A.

      Shiva

    • B.

      Tlazolteolt

    • C.

      Parvati

    • D.

      Quetzcoatl

    Correct Answer
    B. Tlazolteolt
    Explanation
    Tlazolteolt is an ancient mythical deity also known as the "Dirt-Eater". This deity is associated with fertility, purification, and agriculture in Aztec mythology. Tlazolteolt was believed to consume dirt and filth to cleanse the world and ensure its continued fertility. The name "Dirt-Eater" reflects this aspect of the deity's role and symbolism in Aztec culture.

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  • 10. 

    Fauvism

    • A.

      A movement that featured the collapse of multiple views into one

    • B.

      A period of overly ornate decorations and theatrical compositions

    • C.

      A movement that emphasized the use of color and shapes to depict emotions

    • D.

      A movement characterized by bright, unnatural colors and simple form; also known as the "wild beast" style

    Correct Answer
    D. A movement characterized by bright, unnatural colors and simple form; also known as the "wild beast" style
    Explanation
    Fauvism was an art movement that emerged in the early 20th century. It was characterized by the use of bright, vibrant, and unnatural colors, as well as simplified forms. The artists of Fauvism aimed to express their emotions through the use of color and shape, rather than focusing on realistic representation. The movement was known for its bold and intense style, which earned it the nickname "wild beast."

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