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ArtLex Art Dictionary

Ways Artists Might Use ArtLex


As an online visual art reference, ArtLex explains the language of art. It offers you access to a vast array of information about the media, techniques, styles, genres, contemporary issues, and cultural contexts of the art that you and other artists have produced in various periods and regions of the world.

Users can explore this online dictionary for art-related terms and find definitions, supporting images, and related links for further information.

ArtLex will help you to understand the language in which art is discussed by other artists, critics, dealers, collectors, and historians.

The site is extremely easy to use. A user needs only the most basic web site operation skills. A basic understanding of art terminology is helpful, as users must use it as starting points from which to find information. Instructions and navigational links for using ArtLex are all found on its home page. The alphabetical index and shortcuts are always visible in a separate frame on the left while viewing any article within the site. There is a search engine on the home page, but articles can also be found through the use of the navigational links, and there are numerous cross-referencing links imbedded in the text -- links to other definitions and examples. Going off on tangents to discover related issues is especially satisfying because they increase understanding. The many visual examples that support definitions are strong content in themselves.

ArtLex serves as a portal to related sites. Numerous links are provided for investigation beyond ArtLex's boundaries. Clicking a link to an external site makes the visitor's browser display the destination on a new page. That is particularly helpful when an image or text on the new page would be best seen alongside the info in ArtLex. You can make good and creative use of them in your research.

Page layouts have been designed to be consistent, easy to read, and attractive to the eye. The images used in ArtLex are large enough to view, but not so large that they take much time to load. No technical support should be needed.

ArtLex can be useful as a means to establishing agreement on the meaning of terms you and your community need to use in common. Disagreements over semantics (definitions) can either be opportunities for intellectual growth -- often stimulating indeed -- or they can be a waste of time, and really annoying!

As in any art setting, online or otherwise, visitors to ArtLex should be aware that nudity, politics, and other controversial issues have long been topics in the art world, and this online dictionary presents and offers greater understanding of images and ideas dealing with the wide range of art topics.

If you operate a website as part of your work, you may wish to place links to ArtLex on your site. You have our encouragement to do so.

You may post an ArtLex logo on your site as a link to Several are displayed at the bottom of this page.

Here's a description of ArtLex which may be useful:

ArtLex Art Dictionary

ArtLex has definitions in English for thousands of terms used in visual culture, along with images of examples, pronunciation notes, great quotations, and cross-references. ArtLex is a great resource for artists, students, and collectors who want to research all kinds of art production and history.

You are welcome to place as many links to articles in ArtLex as you wish. If you would like to post links to any of the 3,600 individual articles in ArtLex, you can find an alphabetized list of links to every article.

You are also welcome to quote up to a dozen articles from ArtLex across your entire site.

Several ArtLex logos are displayed below. You may post one on your site if it also links to

Send ArtLex a request to post a link your site on our page of artists with links to ArtLex. See instructions below.

The author, Michael Delahunt, actively maintains ArtLex and openly seeks critiques and improvement for the site. He asks users to please send questions / comments / suggestions for additions, changes, deletions, etc. to





ArtLex invites you to submit your link

If you establish a link to ArtLex on your website, ArtLex may post a link to it.

Because all the major search engines index links found in ArtLex, and more than a thousand people visit ArtLex every day, a link here will increase the number of visitors to your site.

Simply email ArtLex's Webmaster, , sending him six things:

  1. "I have placed a link to ArtLex on my site, and wish you'd place a link to it in ArtLex."


    For your link:

    ArtLex - dictionary of art

    Description . . (optional) . . ArtLex is a dictionary of art for everyone interested in art production, collection, or history. You will find articles on thousands of art terms, along with terrific images, pronunciation notes, great quotations, and links to other resources on the Web.
    Keywords . . (optional) . . art dictionary, definitions, define, look up, vocabulary, art history, education, aesthetic, criticism, painting, sculpture, drawing, gallery, museum, architecture, design, furniture, photography, book, print, reproduction, video, film, culture, information, quotation, quotes, wisdom, landscape, portrait, seascape, still life, genre, folk, nude, bronze, steel, glass, marble, porcelain, poster, paper, frame, color, creativity, expressionism, watercolor, egyptian, greek, roman, byzantine, chinese, japanese, buddhist, hindu, islamic, renaissance, mannerism, baroque, realism, romanticism, impressionism, nouveau, deco, cubism, futurism, dada, surrealism, abstract, pop art, minimalism, postmodernism.
    ArtLex logo . . (optional) . . See below.

  2. Your name and / or the name of your site.
  3. The URL of your site. . . (http://...)
  4. A description of you and your work in 35 words or less.
  5. Your physical address or that of your studio or gallery, along with any other contact information you'd like, including an email address.
  6. Attach the site's logo . (optional) . (in GIF or JPEG format, its size under 100 x 100 pixels, or under 10 k)


Please copy to your server, rather than linking to these:

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