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ArtLex Art Dictionary

Ways Students Might Use ArtLex


ArtLex will help you understand the language in which works are discussed by your instructors and classmates, art historians and critics, as well as by the artists themselves. Within ArtLex you can study the media, techniques, styles, genres, and cultural contexts of the art and artists about which your teachers expect you to become knowledgeable. Users explore this online resource via art-related terms, finding definitions, supporting images, pronunciation notes, and related links for further information.

The site is extremely easy to use. It requires only the most basic Internet browser skills. A basic understanding of art terminology is helpful, as you must choose terms as starting points from which to find information. Instructions and navigational links are all found on the 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 navigational links, and there are numerous cross-referencing links embedded 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. You can make great use of them in your studies.

ArtLex can help to establishing agreement on the meaning of terms you and your instructors use in common. Disagreements over semantics can either be opportunities for intellectual growth -- academically stimulating indeed -- or they can be a waste of time, and really annoying!

If you quote ArtLex in your writings, you may wish to see our advice about how to make citations.

If you wish to copy images found via ArtLex, please see our copyright statement.

If you create a website as part of your work, you may wish to place links to ArtLex on your site. If you would like to post links to any of the 3,600 individual articles in ArtLex, you can find an alphabetized list of links to every article.

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