In this glossary of fine art terms, a brief description is listed. Please click on the highlighted term for a more detailed definition.
The fine art term accession number refers to the catalog number of the museum's acquired artwork which then becomes part of the museum's permanent collection.
The fine art term accession refers to the museum purchasing or receiving an artwork which then becomes part of the museum's permanent collection.
The fine art term acquisition refers to the fine art or decorative art object a museum or a collector acquires, via bequest, gift, or purchase.
The fine art term antiquity means that the art work or decorative art object is from one of the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean.
The fine art term apprentice is a noun or a verb. As a noun, it refers to a person who is learning a fine art skill from a master, such as an aspiring stone carver or a fine arts appraiser. As a verb, it means to study under a master artist or craftsperson.
An art appraisal is a certified evaluation of an art work -- its authenticity, condition and provenance -- to determine its value.
The fine art term authenticity refers to the artwork being a genuine original and not a fake.