Alphabetical: M

Map

A map is a visual representation of an area, most commonly the surface of the Earth. The map is a symbolic representation of the entire area it shows, with the emphasis on showing the relationships rather than exact distances, sizes, and topological shapes. Maps can be printed on flat paper, made as a relief sculpture, …

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Mesoamerican Art

Mesoamerican art represents the incredibly diverse artworks created by indigenous cultures in geographical regions that today are the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. These groups flourished between15,000 BCE to 1521 CE, prior to the arrival of the Europeans in the 16th century. Artists continued to produce art afterwards, …

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Mesopotamian Art

What is Mesopotamian Art? Mesopotamian art encompasses art and architecture from the ancient Near East beginning in 3500 BCE and lasting until 331 BCE.  Mesopotamia was an area that stretched across the areas now known as Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, and Cypress. Mesopotamian art was influenced by religion, patron god or …

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Metaphysical Art Movement – History, Artists and Artwork

What is Metaphysical Art? Metaphysical Art (from the Italian Pittura Metafisica) is an art movement that evolved in Italy at the beginning of the 20th century. The metaphysical painting is characterized by unexpected juxtapositions of unusual elements. They create oneiric and transcendent atmospheres while maintaining a realist style. It is also characterized by intense and …

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Minimalism Art Movement

What is Minimalism in Art? Minimalist Art (or Minimalism) is an artistic tendency developed in the United States in the Sixties and characterized by works of art with extremely simple and modular forms, reduced to their elementary geometric structure. In Minimalism, the forms of expressiveness, emotionality, identity are suppressed in order to emphasize the objectivity …

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Modern Art Movement – History, Artists and Artwork

What is Modern Art? Modern art is an art history period between the late 19th century until the mid-20th century that encompassed many different styles, in painting, sculpture, decorative arts and architecture.   Modern art is thought to have began with Impressionism in 1870, and continued through the several styles including Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, …

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Monoprint

What is Monoprint? The monoprint is a technique of printmaking characterized by the uniqueness of the image it produces. Unlike many printing techniques that provide two prints or multiple copies from a reprintable block or matrix, monoprinting techniques allow only one. The uniqueness of the print can also be achieved by adding external creative elements, …

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