Eight Essential Art Terms

Art lexicon is often daunting and dense. The words usually have roots in French or German, but even the simple(r) English ones are worthy of brushing up on. Learning the right terms is essential when attempting to analyze art—a builder has to have the right tools, after all. From “foreshortening” to “gestural,” Artsy has listed eight essential terms.

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Architectural Airbnb alternatives, the history of the ampersand, a museum of fake art and more

1. This Museum is Full of Fake Art With forged versions of paintings by Rembrandt, Picasso and Renoir; fake diaries said to be written by Hitler; and more, this Vienna museum is full of phony pieces. Diane Grobe, co-owner and founder of the Museum of Art Fakes, was inspired to open the museum thanks to German artist Edgar Mrugalla who created over 3,500 forged artworks. …

The Ampersand’s Storied Origin

Learning that the ampersand is a ligature of the letters E and T (“et” being the latin word for and) used by the Ancient Romans doesn’t even begin to touch upon its storied history. With Roman global expansion, the ampersand made its way around as well, oftentimes adopted by local languages. In the early 1700s, the ampersand was adopted into the English language as the …