As an online visual art reference, ArtLex can help you learn about the media, techniques, styles, genres, and cultural contexts of the art and artists you are interested in.
Users are able to search this online dictionary for art-related terms and find definitions, supporting images, and related links for further information.
ArtLex does not research the history or monetary worth of works in your collection. But it will help you to understand the language in which works are discussed by other collectors, historians, critics, dealers, and the artists themselves.
The site is extremely easy to use. A user needs only the most basic web site operation skills. A basic understanding of art terminology is helpful, as users must use them as starting points from which to find information. Instructions and navigational links for using ArtLex are all found on its home page. The alphabetical index and shortcuts are always visible in a separate frame on the left while viewing any article within the site. There is a search engine on the home page, but articles can also be found via the navigational links, and because there are so many cross-referencing links imbedded in the text -- links to other definitions and examples. Going off on tangents to discover related issues is especially satisfying because they increase understanding. The many visual examples that support definitions are strong content in themselves.
ArtLex serves as a portal to related sites. Numerous links are provided for investigation beyond ArtLex's boundaries. Clicking a link to an external site makes the visitor's browser display the destination on a new page. That is particularly helpful when an image or text on the new page would be best seen alongside the info in ArtLex. Collectors can make great use of them in their research.
Page layouts have been designed to be consistent, easy to read, and attractive to the eye. The images used in ArtLex are large enough to view, but not so large that they take much time to load. No technical support should be needed.
ArtLex can be useful either to the amateur or to the professional collector, and either independently or collectively with others in the art world. Many art educators ask their students to study articles in ArtLex as preparation for class discussions.
As in any art education setting, online or otherwise, visitors to ArtLex should be aware that nudity, politics, and other controversial issues have long been topics in the art world, and this online dictionary presents and offers greater understanding of images and ideas dealing with the full scope of art topics.
Among the best articles with which to begin your researches may be the most general, such as those about artist, subject, meaning, medium, movement, and style. From these you're likely to progressively refine your quest.
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