Amy Meleca, M.A.

Amy Meleca is an artist and educator based in Toronto, Canada. She holds a MA degree in Interdisciplinary Art history from OCAD University and a MA in Education from the University of Toronto. Her experience in the arts includes working as an art writer, researcher, art gallery manager, arts-educator and graphic designer. When not writing or teaching, Amy continues to develop her multimedia artistic practice.

Vanitas – Definition, Artwork and History of the Vanitas Genre

What is Vanitas? In Western art, vanitas painting is a genre of still life artwork that is intended to remind the viewer of the transience of life and the worthlessness of earthly pleasures. Vanitas paintings remind viewers of their own mortality by including objects symbolic of both life and death, such as skulls, lit and …

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Luminism

What is Luminism? Luminism is an American landscape painting movement that emerged in the United States and was popular throughout the mid-to-late-19th century. The Luminist style consists of paintings that capture the effect of natural light on landscapes and seascapes. Luminist paintings have a sublime quality similar to that seen in Romanticism but differ greatly …

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Neo-Plasticism Art Movement – History, Artists and Artwork

What is Neo-Plasticism? Neo-Plasticism, or Neoplasticism, is an artistic philosophy and modern art style that is abstract, using only vertical lines, horizontal lines, and clearly defined primary colors. Artist Piet Mondrian applied the term Neo-Plasticism to his own artwork and that of the De Stijl artists, which followed these particular stylistic conventions. The abstraction of …

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Photorealism Art Movement – History, Artists and Artwork

What is Photorealism? Photorealism refers to visual art that is based on a photograph, where the subject of that photograph is reproduced in painstaking detail through painting, sculpture, or other media. Photorealism often refers to an American art movement that began in the late 1960s, but artists in Europe were also creating Photorealist art around …

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Classical Art Movement (Classicism) – History, Artists, and Artwork

What is Classical Art? Classical art, or Classicism, refers to artwork that draws inspiration from ancient Roman or ancient Greek culture, architecture, literature, and art. Classicism was most popular in Western art during the Renaissance period and often depicted scenes from mythology through painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Classicism informs much of the subject matter depicted …

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Iconography in Art History – Definition, History, and Examples

What is Iconography? Iconography refers to a collection of particular types of images used by artists to communicate deeper meanings in their artwork. Iconographic analysis includes reading images critically in relation to relevant social and cultural values. Iconography is often understood to be a visual language that can teach viewers more about particular cultures and …

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Ephemeral Art

What is Ephemeral Art? Ephemeral art is a type of art that only lasts for a short period of time and cannot be preserved by a museum gallery as a lasting object. How long ephemeral art lasts is dictated by the materials used to create the piece and how these materials are intended to interact. …

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Still Life Art Genre: Definition, Artwork, and History

What is Still Life? A still life is an artwork that typically depicts inanimate subject matter. Still life painting is one of the principal genres in Western art. Typically commonplace objects that are depicted in still life art include plants and flowers, food, books, and many other objects that communicate the intended message behind the …

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