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Art is a diverse range of human activities involving the creation of visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), which express the creator's imagination, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. Other activities related to the production of works of art include art criticism and the history of art.

The three classical branches of visual art are painting, sculpture, and architecture. Music, theatre, film, dance, and other performing arts, as well as literature and other media such as interactive media, are included in a broader definition of the arts. Until the 17th century, art referred to any skill or mastery and was not differentiated from crafts or sciences. In modern usage after the 17th century, where aesthetic considerations are paramount, the fine arts are separated and distinguished from acquired skills in general, such as the decorative or applied arts.

Though there is no generally agreed definition of what constitutes art, and ideas have changed over time, general descriptions typically include an idea of imaginative or technical skill stemming from human agency and creation. The nature of art and related concepts, such as creativity and interpretation, are explored in a branch of philosophy known as aesthetics.

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Footbridges and Elaborate Commercial Building, S. China

Footbridges and Elaborate Commercial Building, S. China

Attributed to Felice A. Beato (Italy, 1825-1908) Italy, 1860 Photographs Albumen silver print. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Feldman (M.83.302.54)

Wood on the Downs

Wood on the Downs

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

Lewando's French Dye House

Lewando's French Dye House

Persistent URL: digital.lib.muohio.edu/u?/tradecards,4577 ( http://digital.lib.muohio.edu/u?/tradecards,4577 ) .. Subject (TGM): Palettes; Artists' devices; Artists' materials; Paints & varnishes; Animals... more

Déesse 16, rue Halévy, Paris / / PAL.

Déesse 16, rue Halévy, Paris / / PAL.

Poster shows semi-nude goddess in flight holding bicycle above crowd of bicyclists from all over the world. Title from item.

Woman posed as sphinx

Woman posed as sphinx

Accession Number: 1983:0063:0002..Maker: Dr. W. Simon..Title: Woman posed as sphinx..Date: ca. 1910..Medium: color plate, screen (Autochrome) process..Dimensions: Image: 8 x 8 cm Overall: 10 x 12.6 cm..George... more

A woman wearing a headdress

A woman wearing a headdress

Format: Hand painted lantern slides...Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication...Part Of: Powerhouse Museum Collection..General information about the Powerhouse Museum Collection is available at www... more

Alchemist
Figures

Figures

Author: Henri Le Fauconnier

Near Logan Airport - Airplane Coming in for a Landing Over Neptune Road Homes

Near Logan Airport - Airplane Coming in for a Landing Over Neptune Roa...

Original Caption: Near Logan Airport - Airplane Coming in for a Landing Over Neptune Road Homes 05/1973..U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-5961..Photographer: Manheim, Michael Philip, 1940-..Su... more

Kellar

Kellar

Caption: Levitation. Created and "copyright 1894 by The Strobridge Lith. Co., Cin'ti & New York." No. 6152B. Forms part of: Magic poster collection (Library of Congress)

Temple Model

Temple Model

Mexico, Mesoamerica, Guerrero, Balsas River region

Cat amulet
Rosso antico torso of a centaur

Rosso antico torso of a centaur

Copy of a Greek statue of the 3rd or 2nd century B.C.

Marble head of a woman

Marble head of a woman

Copy of a Greek bronze statue

Cauldron
Landscape
Zodiac wheel from BL Royal 19 C I, f. 37

Zodiac wheel from BL Royal 19 C I, f. 37

Detail of a miniature of a zodiac wheel. Image taken from f. 37 of Breviari d'Amor. Written in French (Occitan) (Provencal).

Ars sive artes (Art or Arts) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 138v

Ars sive artes (Art or Arts) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 138v

Detail of a historiated initial 'A'(rtes) of a teacher at a desk, with pupils. Image taken from f. 138v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

Christine de Pizan from BL Harley 4431, f. 4

Christine de Pizan from BL Harley 4431, f. 4

Detail of a miniature of Christine de Pizan in her study at the beginning of the 'Cent balades'. Image taken from f. 4 of Various works (also known as 'The Book of the Queen'), including 'Cent balades' (ff. 4-2... more

Jocasta and Oedipus from BL Royal 16 G V, f. 27

Jocasta and Oedipus from BL Royal 16 G V, f. 27

Detail of a miniature of Jocasta killing herself, while Oedipus puts out his eyes and Polynices and Eteocles kill each other. Image taken from f. 27 of De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation (L... more

Detail from BL King's 24, f. 17

Detail from BL King's 24, f. 17

Detail of miniature. Image taken from f. 17 of Bucolica (index Bucolics, Eclogues)(ff. 1-16v); Georgica (index Georgics)(ff. 17-58), with argumenta; Aeneis (index Aeneid)(ff. 58v-244v), with argumenta and verse... more

Hercules
[Woodcuts used to illus. Fables from incunabula...1966: Aesop surrounded by symbols of fables, 1481 - #60]

[Woodcuts used to illus. Fables from incunabula...1966: Aesop surround...

Reference copy may be in LOT 4442. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Shelf.

The Nativity
Horatio Coclès Saving Himself by Swimming

Horatio Coclès Saving Himself by Swimming

Diana Scultori (Italian, Mantua ca. 1535?–after 1588 Rome)