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Depictions of an idyllic place of rural peace and simplicity. Derived from Arcadia, an ancient district in Southern Greece.

Arcadian [ Feast of the Gods, The Tempest ]


The Italian term for large, lavishly decorated chests made in Italy from the 14th through the 16th centuries. Usually commissioned in pairs for a bride to store her trousseau.

Cassone (plural cassoni) [ Venus of Urbino ]


Color or painted. A term used to describe the application of paint, characteristic of Venetian Renaissance art. It is distinguished from disegno, which emphasizes careful design based on preliminary drawing.

Colorito (vs. disegno)


A small-scale depiction of a scene or composition using figurines, often made of clay and viewed through a window or from one side. Tintoretto used dioramas for preparatory studies, as did the 20th-century American artist Thomas Hart Benton.

Diorama [ Last Supper ]


The study of the symbolic meaning of objects, persons or events depicted in works of art.

Iconography [ Venus of Urbino ]


When an abstract idea or object is given human form.

Personification [ Pastoral Symphony ]


Non-religious subject matter, theme, or mood

Secular (vs. sacred) [ Feast of the Gods ]


A glaze with a color which is lighter in value than the underlayer and is semi-transparent. Venetian artists such as Titian often began their paintings with monochromatic warm underpainting, over which they applied a velatura in translucent white to lighten the underpaint. Then they glazed over the velatura with transparent pigments, giving their works unique nuances of color.

Velatura (veiling) [ Venus of Urbino ]