Art Terms — Q

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A glossary of art vocabulary and definitions beginning with Q.

Qajar Art
The Qajar artistic style refers to the art, architecture, and art-forms of the late Persian Empire, most notably the Qajar dynasty, which lasted from 1781 to 1925. It is characterized by an exuberant style and flamboyant use of color.
Quadratura
A term that emerged during the Baroque period to describe a type of painting on a ceiling or a wall to create the illusion of limitless space; i.e. architectural features that seem to extend beyond the actual space of the room.
Quadrilateral
In geometry, a four-sided polygon; examples include squares, rectangles, parallelograms, trapezoids, etc.
Quadriptych
(Pronounced qua-drip-tick). An artwork, usually a painting, divided into four sections or panels where each panel depicts a different but related composition. The panels can be attached one another by hinges or presented side-by-side. Also called a tetraptych; not the same as triptych which has only three panels.
Quill
A pen is made from a flight feather (preferably a primary) of a large bird, most often a goose. Quills were used as instruments for writing with ink before the metal dip pen, the fountain pen, and eventually the ball point pen came into use.
Quilling
A form of art that involves the use paper strips that are rolled, curled, looped, shaped, twisted, and glued together to create decorative designs (a.k.a. paper filigree).
Quilting
The process of making a quilt from beginning to end. Or the actual act of sewing the layers of a quilt together, either by hand or by machine. Also refers to the finished lines of sewn thread that make up the quilting design.

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UPDATED: 23 March 2021


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