File this under Fun and please don’t take it too seriously. Yes, of course you need to be able to drop Mimesis, Primitivism, Anamorphosis or Neue Sachlichkeit into any post-dinner party conversation and it’s helpful to know what they mean if anyone decides they do and wants to challenge you. Too much Pinot Grigio can make even the most reclusive guest argumentative. It’s handily small, too, so you can slip it in your pocket as a quick crib-sheet should things get ugly.
Even better, it’s arranged by theme: Media, Techniques, Movements, etc so that you can browse easily and there’s a contents list to make finding (say) Maquette a matter of moments.
A dictionary would be sorted alphabetically and be much more inclusive than this – think 2000 words at the very least. This, though, gives you a basic grounding and, if you were inclined to be a bit less flippant than I’ve been, you’d find it an excellent grounding in art terms, movements and styles.
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