American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A product of the fine arts, especially a painting or sculpture.
- n. Something likened to a fine artistic work, as by reason of beauty or craft.
- n. A product of the fine arts; a painting, sculpture etc.
- n. Something of sufficient quality to be compared to such a product
- n. art that is a product of one of the fine arts (especially a painting or sculpture of artistic merit)
“But indeed this censure proceeds from that old heresy which supposes the proper effect of a work of art to depend on the imagined reality of the matter presented; that is, which substitutes the delusions of insanity for the half-voluntary illusions of a rational and refining pleasure.”
“Every pedestal that held a golden vase of peacock feathers or a priceless work of art was chryselephantine—delicately carved ivory inlaid with gold.”
“Andy, an eager six-year-old, arrives home proudly unfurling his tatteredmasterpiece, a richly textured, unintentionally abstract work of art whose provocative pigmentation resembles a montage of chunky peanut butter and lumpy marinara sauce.”
“A straight old man he was who took his way in silence through the meadows, having passed the period of communication with his fellows; his old experienced coat, hanging long and straight and brown as the yellow-pine bark, glittering with so much smothered sunlight, if you stood near enough, no work of art but naturalized at length.”
“It could not speak in her voix tres douce et tres bonne, as a true work of art should.”
“Of particular relevance to ut pictura poesis, how - ever, is the rhetorical device of ekphrasis and “icon,” since both were used to designate a description of a work of art following the εἰκόνεσ (“icon”) of Philostratus”
“Mr. J.W. Cross, who has allowed us to be the first to usher this beautiful work of art to the world.”
“The Sonata Tragica is more of a traditional sonata than its successors, the Eroica, Op. 50, the Norse, Op. 57, and the Keltic, Op. 59, but as a work of art is less successful.”
“Dressed in shorts, shirts and Akubra hats, they pose under a river red gum admiring a work of art they have assembled in the sand: a giant clitoris composed of river-bed rocks wrapped in pink cotton, an Antipodean riposte to the priapic Cerne Abbas Giant.”
“Yutaka pours more cold sake into my cup, a small work of art in itself with frothy air bubbles suspended like jewels in the depths of the thick glass.”
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