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"Visual arts is a class of "art forms focusing on the creation of works that are primarily "visual in nature, such as "painting, "drawing, "illustration, "architecture, "photography, "graphic design, "printmaking, and "filmmaking. Works that involve moulding or modeling, such as "sculpture, "public art, and "ceramics, are more narrowly referred to as "plastic arts.

The visual arts are distinguished from the "performing arts, "language arts, "culinary arts and other such classes of artwork, but those boundaries are not well defined. Many artistic endeavors combine aspects of visual arts with one or more non-visual art forms, such as "music or "spoken word.

The current use of the phrase "visual arts" includes "fine arts as well as "crafts, but this was not always the case. Prior to the "Arts and Crafts movement in "Britain and elsewhere at the turn of the 20th century, "visual artist" referred to a person working in the "fine arts (such as "painting, "sculpture, or "printmaking) and not the "handicraft, "craft, or "applied art disciplines.

The scope of study and appreciation of visual arts spans the globe, and reaches through time back to people drawing on stone walls. All societies have embellished their tools and toys with more visual interest than is functionally necessary.

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""Plate VI: The Smoking Fire from Carceri d'Invenzione by Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Credit: "Fb78

"Giovanni Battista Piranesi was famous for his "etchings of imaginary "prisons" as illustrated here by Plate VI: The Smoking Fire from Carceri d'Invenzione.

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""Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
"Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is an iconic photograph taken on February 23, 1945 by "Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five "United States Marines and a "U.S. Navy "corpsman raising the "Flag of the United States atop "Mount Suribachi during the "Battle of Iwo Jima in "World War II. The photograph was instantly popular, being reprinted in hundreds of publications. Later, it became the only photograph to win the "Pulitzer Prize for Photography in the same year as its publication, and ultimately came to be regarded as one of the most significant and recognizable images in history, and possibly the most reproduced photograph of all time. Of the six men depicted in the picture, three ("Franklin Sousley, "Harlon Block, and "Michael Strank) did not survive the battle; the three survivors ("John Bradley, "Rene Gagnon, and "Ira Hayes) became suddenly famous. The photograph was later used by "Felix de Weldon to sculpt the "USMC War Memorial, located just outside "Washington, D.C.


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Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
— "G. K. Chesterton, unknown


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""Roman Vishniac, c. 1981
"Roman Vishniac was a renowned Russian-American "photographer, best known for capturing on film the culture of "Jews in "Eastern Europe before the "Holocaust. He was, however, an extremely diverse photographer, an accomplished "biologist and a knowledgeable student and teacher of "art history. Throughout his life, he made significant scientific contributions to the fields of "photomicroscopy and "time-lapse photography. He later became a teacher and collector of historic art and artifacts. Vishniac was very interested in history, especially that of his ancestors. In turn, he was strongly tied to his Jewish roots and was a "Zionist later in life. Roman Vishniac won international acclaim for his photography: his pictures from the "shtetlach and Jewish ghettos, celebrity portraits, and images of microscopic biology. He is known for his book A Vanished World, published in 1947, which was one of the first such pictorial documentations of Jewish culture in Eastern Europe from that period. He is known also for his extreme humanism and respect and awe for life, sentiments that can be seen in all aspects of his work.


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