Enjoy Fine Art?
The five main Fine Arts are painting, sculpting, architecture, music and poetry with dance and theatre included in minor arts. Drawing or painting is a form of visual expression using instruments such as pencils, crayons, chalks, charcoals, pastels, pens, oils, inks and markers with subcategories including cartooning, silver-point, doodling and en-topic graphomania which can also be described as dot-to-dot. Mosaics, calligraphy, screen-painting, engraving, etching and even photography are also forms of Fine Art; the most modern form being films and motion pictures which of course has become a billion-dollar industry. Over the centuries there have been many wonderful contributions and artists; the list is almost endless, but some of them include Monet, Renoir, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Constable and in more modern times with James Whistler, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. Fine Arts are on display in museums and galleries the world over with many private collections also available to view thanks to the Internet. Below are listed ten sites that contain valuable information on Fine Art in all its forms and will be greatly appreciated by enthusiasts since they are all together in one place.
Artcyclopedia provides a wealth of information offering an index with 9,000 artists, 2,900 art sites and 160,000 links. The ‘cyclopaedia’ can be searched by artist’s names, artworks or art museums with an index for art movements also available to browse. Art news from around the world is on display in videos, articles, slideshows and forums where art conversations are discussed and reviewed. Links are provided to galleries, masterpieces and museums with posters and glossaries being available making this a top site for Art information.
Fineart.com is a global Fine Art directory consisting of a blog for all postings connected with Fine Art. Art books and Art prints are available to view and by online and useful links leading to further information is provided. Subscription to the newsletter is encouraged and many future events are in the pipeline, so checking back regularly is advised whilst the site is still under construction.
This site has a Fine Art gallery of works of art to view and buy. Browsing can be made by type of art, subject, media, price or size with special works being featured. Details are given on how to sell or place a bid for a piece of Art and a complete index of artists with paintings to sell is shown. There is a section for the Art community where paintings are discussed and comments made with help being available at all times.
The Sedona Fine Art Gallery has an impressive display of paintings, sculptures, wall art, photography, fountains, glass and jewellery available to view in collections. Art can be selected alphabetically by artist and full details about the gallery can be found on the site. Future shows and events are given and biographies are available on all artists and artisans.
Fine Art Magazine covers a wide variety of Art featuring the works of upcoming as well as established artists from all over the globe. Music and films from the gallery can be seen in the TV section and the ‘Blue Poodle’ gallery contains Fine Art books, paintings and links. Demonstration videos show Art and projects from Miami and further information can be found in the blog. The current edition of the magazine is available along with back issues and you can become a ‘creative voice’ by joining the site.
Artnet.com is one of the leading places on the Internet to buy, sell and research Fine Art, Design and Decorative Art online. There is a price database, art valuation centre and a section for Artnet Auctions along with an A-Z list of artists. Analytic reports on Art can be read and news and reviews are given throughout the site with links leading to galleries. A newsletter is offered after signing-up and assistance is available if necessary.
This site is something a bit different with a collection of Fine Art photography and a photo-blog. New photographs are posted every day and there is a search facility for finding individual collections. A section is dedicated to the photographers and the most popular tags are highlighted. Contact with the photographers is available and an option to purchase any of the photographs on the site is given.
The Royal College of Art offers degree opportunities in Fine Art, Design and Applied Art. Exhibitions with contributions from graduates are shown with full details about the college, the courses, studying, teaching, applications and attendance found on the site. A catalogue of works is available to view and a section is given for research. News and events from the college are highlighted and a special section is dedicated to the design centre.
Sotheby’s was founded in 1744 and has distinguished itself as a leader in the auction world with salerooms in London and Paris and galleries in New York and Hong Kong. Art can be browsed by genre, region and period with categories including antiquities, paintings, books, decorative art, sculpture and ethnographic arts to name a few, with an online magazine available for viewing. Catalogues are available from each auction department and current and future auctions are advertised along with details on buying and selling. Sotheby’s also provide art storage facilities and full details regarding the company are given on the site.
Antiques and Fine Art is a magazine for Fine Arts and antiques lovers. Both topics can be searched in the index with many categories available such as paintings, drawing, miniatures, prints, photographs and sculptures. Featured articles and current articles are highlighted and individual dealers can be found in the database search facility. A link is provided for breaking news, events and articles on the art market and a free two-year online subscription to the magazine is offered.