Visual arts

The area of visual arts is extremely broad, since any artistic form that results in a visible object can be defined in this way. Other arts, such as theater, music or opera, constitute separate categories of figurative type, although the boundaries are not always well defined: see for example the body art or interactive art, or even cinema, which can incorporate different forms of art and performance.

In contemporary society, visual culture has taken on enormous importance; more recently, digital art and new media art have gained a not insignificant role in a culture increasingly dominated by the visual. In the multifaceted scenario of contemporary arts, the latest digital trends are entering a new territory of art, which is now facing an increasingly important challenge: that of confirming itself as a specific market value, opening up new opportunities of fruition and consumption (from digital arts to digital photography, from music to audiovisuals) “in a continuous confrontation and attempt to overcome contemporary art”.

Since the second half of the 20th century, critics and art historians have preferred to broaden the more generic expression “figurative art” to the more specific one of “visual art”, referring to the multiplicity of creative activities that do not only include traditional disciplines such as painting and sculpture. The panorama of art has therefore strongly changed, and therefore the field of visual arts also includes photography, performance, body-art, assemblage, video art, happenings and land art.

Types of visual art

  • Architecture
  • Arts and crafts
  • Asemic writing
  • Animation
  • Calligraphy
  • Cartoon
  • Ceramic art
  • Collage
  • Comics
  • Computer art
  • Conceptual art
  • Decollage
  • Decorative art
  • Design
  • Drawing
  • Embroidery
  • Film
  • Found object
  • Graffiti
  • Illustration
  • Installation art
  • Land art
  • Mail art
  • Mixed media
  • Narrative Art
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
    • Etching
    • Lithography
    • Screen-printing
  • Rock balancing
  • Sculpture
  • Street art
  • Typography
  • Video art
  • Internet art
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