This glossary explains some of the techniques, mediums, art movements, and other terms you’ll encounter on our website, along with links to examples in the collection.
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The outside edges or sides of the painting where tacks or staples may be used to hold the canvas in place
A painting medium in which colored pigment is mixed with a water-soluble binder, such as egg yolk; a painting done in this medium.
A work consisting of natural or artificial fibers, often woven. Can refer to artist-created sculptures, hand-woven works, and industrially produced fabrics.
The Great Migration
A historic mass movement of over six million African Americans between 1910 and 1970, as migrants sought to escape the racial violence and limited economic
The Kamoinge Workshop
With a name derived from the Kikuyu word for “a group of people acting together,” a photography collective founded in 1963 as a shared political and artistic
In painting, a color plus white; a shade or variety of color
An autopostive photographic print on a piece of blackened iron, in effect a less expensive version of the ambrotype.
In painting, a color plus gray; the lightness or darkness of a color
Allowing light, but not detailed images, to pass through; semitransparent
Allowing light to pass through so that objects or images behind can be distinctly seen; see-through
A work of art consisting of three sections or panels, usually hinged together.
A turpentine burn is made by soaking a rag in solvent and scrubbing the canvas directly. This technique removes paint and leaves a stain on the canvas.
The art and technique of designing, arranging, and printing with type.