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Visual Arts: Painting


Image result for roman wall paintingThis page provides a range of information and links to resources on painting. Jump to a particular category using the contents list below, or scroll down to browse.


A work of art made from paint applied to canvas, wood, paper, or another support (noun). (MoMA Glossary of Art Terms)

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Citations, Copyright and Fair Use in the Visual Arts

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The MLA, Chicago, and Turabian citation styles may be used in writing about art. Check your syllabus or contact your professor to find out which style they prefer.

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Fair Use Evaluator

Statement on Fair Use from the Visual Resources Association


Acrylics for Artists (under Modern Materials - scroll down - in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History)


An Italian word for “mixture,” used to describe a painting technique wherein paint is thickly laid on a surface, so that brushstrokes or palette knife marks are visible.(MoMA Glossary of Art Terms)


Search: Fresco in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Watch: Painting Diego Rivera's frescoes to learn about fresco technique and how Rivera created his murals 

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Buon fresco ("true" fresco)
"The bare wall was first dampened and coated with a layer of coarse lime plaster, called arriccio, on which the design was drawn or brushed in red earth pigment (sinopia). The overall composition was painted in sections known as giornate—Italian for “a day’s work.” Each of these sections was composed of a smooth plaster layer called intonaco. Pigments diluted in water were applied directly to the wet intonaco; as the plaster dried, a chemical reaction bound the pigment to it." (Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History)

Fresco secco (dry fresco)
"Embellishments applied to a dry wall—fresco a secco (secco is the Italian word for dry)—are far less durable, as the paint tends to flake off over time. Fresco is vulnerable to moisture and may be damaged in a cool, damp environment." (Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History)



A painting medium in which colored pigment is mixed with a water-soluble binder, such as egg yolk; a painting done in this medium. (MoMA Glossary of Art Terms)


Search: Oil painting in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History


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Paints composed of pigments ground to an extremely fine texture in an aqueous solution of gum Arabic or gum tragacanth. The absence of white fillers, such as those in gouache, creates a medium with luminous transparency. (MoMA Glossary of Art Terms)

Search: Watercolor in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

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