Alphabetical: R

Realism

What is Realism? Realism is the realistic and natural representation of things in artwork. As we all know, there is an element of fantasy to images. If you saw a painting, sculpture, or any other artwork depicting a subject that was not literally present to the artist, you would not consider that piece to be …

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Relief Sculpture

What is a Relief Sculpture? A “relief” sculpture is a sculpture where the foreground elements are attached to and made of the same material as the background. “Relief” comes from the latin root “relevo”, which means “to raise”, as the sculpted elements of the artwork are “raised” up from the background.  These works are sometimes …

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Romanticism

What is Romanticism? Romanticism is a European cultural movement promoting the expression of feelings, individualism, the beauty of nature, and a melancholic past. Starting at the end of the 18th century and in vogue until the mid-19th century, Romanticism stood in stark contrast to the Age of Enlightenment’s celebration of reason. The movement first flourished …

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