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Subjects term Scope note
Aaron: Sin offering
  • Monks who hold the office of superior of a monastery.
Abel: Birth
Abraham and Sarah: Complaint against Hagar
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob: Representing Paradise
Abraham, Patriarch
Abraham: Circumcising
Abraham: Communicating with God
Abraham: Departure from Haran
Abraham: Entertaining the angels
Abraham: Hagar taken
Abraham: Met by king of Sodom
Abraham: Representing paradise
Abraham: Rescue of Lot
Abraham: Scene, meeting Melchisedek
Abraham: Spoil of allies
Acanthus (motif)
  • The act by which a library, documentation center, archive, or other collection receive materials, including selection, ordering, and obtaining by purchase, gift, or exchange.
  • The higher and usually fortified sections of ancient Greek cities, typically containing temples and some public buildings and used as places of refuge.
Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve 2. Scene
Adam and Eve: At labor
Adam and Eve: Clothed by God
Adam and Eve: Expulsion
Adam and Eve: Fall of man
Adam and Eve: Reproved by God
Adam: Creation
Adam: In garden of Eden
Adam: Naming animals
Adam: Receiving soul
  • Niches or small shrines, often intended for sculpture, or for frameworks around doors or windows formed of columns, corbeling, or pilasters, supporting a pediment or canopy.
Aeglippus of Ethiopia
Aeglippus of Ethiopia 2. Scene
Aerial views
Agricultural land
  • Includes both passages between sections of seats and the side divisions of buildings where the interior is divided into parts by columns or piers.
Allegory (artistic device)
Allover patterns
  • Patterns that extend broadly over a surface. For a continuous pattern that proceeds more directionally, use
Altar candlesticks
  • Candlesticks designed to stand on an altar, especially as used on the altars of Christian churches.
Altars (religious fixtures)
Ambos (pulpits)
  • A fixed stand with a guardrail situated at the entrance to the chancel. Often found in pairs: the one at the North side is used to read the Gospel, the one at the South side is for the Epistle. It may have one or several bookrests, and may be used as a pulpit.
Amphitheaters (built works)
  • Those from whom a person is descended, usually considered to be those more remote in the line of descent than grandparents.
Angel, Archangel Michael: Scene, miracle at Chonae
Angels (spirits) (1)
Animal art
  • Works of art in any medium in which an animal or animals are the primary focus; includes real and imaginary animals.
Animalia (kingdom)
Anna: Annunciation
Anthony Abbot the Great: Scene, burying Paul
Anti-Greek Riots, Istanbul, Turkey, 1955
Antipas, of Pergamum
Apocalypse: Last resurrection and judgment
Apocalypse: Seal VII, trumpets given
Apostle, Bartholomew: Martyrdom
Apostle, James Minor
Apostle, James Minor: Martyrdom
Apostle, James Minor: Scene, Burial
Apostle, Peter: Arrest
Apostle, Philip: Burial
Apostle, Philip: Martyrdom
Apostle, Thomas: Incredulity
Apostles, Simon and Jude: Scene, chariots of sun and moon
Applied decoration
  • Decorative parts or areas that are attached or applied to the surface of an object after the object has been formed.
Arabic (style)
Arcades (structural assemblies)
Archaeological assemblages
Archaeological sites
  • Scientific study of the material remains of past human life and activities, including human artifacts from the very earliest stone tools to the man-made objects that are buried or thrown away in the present day.
Arches (3)
Archippus of Chonae
Architectural drawings (visual works)
Architectural elements
Architectural frames
Architectural history
Architectural moldings
Architectural ornament
  • Decoration used to embellish parts of a building; usually in and of itself having no function, although it may decorate functional members.
Architectural sculpture
Architecture (object genre)
  • Structures or parts of structures that are the result of conscious construction, are of practical use, are relatively stable and permanent, and are of a size and scale appropriate for--but not limited to--habitable buildings. Works of architecture are manifestations of the built environment that is typically classified as fine art, meaning it is generally considered to have aesthetic value, was designed by an architect (whether or not his or her name is known), and constructed with skilled labor.
Architecture, Armenian
Architraves (entablature)
  • Principally used in Classical architecture, the lowest of the three main parts of an entablature that rests on the abacus of a column, comprising a horizontal beam that spans the columns or piers in the manner of a lintel. The other two parts of the entablature are the cornice and the frieze.
  • Architraves modified by being carried around a curved opening instead of a rectangular one, specifically the continuous curved molded or decorated bands framing the face of an arch. Examples include bands stacked in a series framing a portal.
  • Arched or vaulted niches or similar recesses in Roman catacombs; usually meant to hold sarcophagi.
Armenian Apostolic
  • Oriental Orthodox Christian religion based in Armenia, which was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion in 301 CE. By tradition, it originated in missionary work of the apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus in the first century.
Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia
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