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Art is a diverse range of human activities involving the creation of visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), which express the creator's imagination, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. Other activities related to the production of works of art include art criticism and the history of art.

The three classical branches of visual art are painting, sculpture, and architecture. Music, theatre, film, dance, and other performing arts, as well as literature and other media such as interactive media, are included in a broader definition of the arts. Until the 17th century, art referred to any skill or mastery and was not differentiated from crafts or sciences. In modern usage after the 17th century, where aesthetic considerations are paramount, the fine arts are separated and distinguished from acquired skills in general, such as the decorative or applied arts.

Though there is no generally agreed definition of what constitutes art, and ideas have changed over time, general descriptions typically include an idea of imaginative or technical skill stemming from human agency and creation. The nature of art and related concepts, such as creativity and interpretation, are explored in a branch of philosophy known as aesthetics.

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[Portfolio cover, vol. I: La Basse Egypte.]
The seated Muhammad discusses prophethood with members of  the Quraysh.

The seated Muhammad discusses prophethood with members of the Quraysh...

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Umm Hakîm, in white robes and a black net face veil, seated before the Prophet, tells Muhammad that Abû Bakr would like to give his daughter 'Â'ishah in marriage to him.

Umm Hakîm, in white robes and a black net face veil, seated before the...

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Abû Lahab and his followers hurl stones at Muhammad and Abû Bakr at the 'Ukâz Fair.

Abû Lahab and his followers hurl stones at Muhammad and Abû Bakr at th...

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Muhammad, followed by Abû Bakr and 'Alî, goes to ask support of his uncle 'Abbâs at the 'Ukâz Fair and to invite the people to Islam.

Muhammad, followed by Abû Bakr and 'Alî, goes to ask support of his un...

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Abû Jahl, his speech restored, again urges the people to abandon their belief in the Prophet, telling them that Muhammad is a sorcerer.

Abû Jahl, his speech restored, again urges the people to abandon their...

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Muhammad at al-Masjid al-Aqsâ leads the earlier prophets and angels in prayer.

Muhammad at al-Masjid al-Aqsâ leads the earlier prophets and angels in...

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Illuminated pages - Arabic illuminated manuscript

Illuminated pages - Arabic illuminated manuscript

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Hannâd ibn 'Umar kisses the hand of Muhammad, pledging his aid and allegiance.

Hannâd ibn 'Umar kisses the hand of Muhammad, pledging his aid and all...

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Muhammad visits Abû Tâlib, who is his uncle and head of the Banû Hâshim, trying to convince him on his deathbed to become a Muslim.

Muhammad visits Abû Tâlib, who is his uncle and head of the Banû Hâshi...

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Muhammad, seated before a mihrab made of inlaid wood, talks to the leaders of the Kindah tribe.

Muhammad, seated before a mihrab made of inlaid wood, talks to the lea...

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Rustam slays Qulûn. - Persian manuscript
Rûdâba giving birth to Rustam.
The baby Rustam in swaddling clothes is suckled by one of his ten wet nurses.
Jamshîd enthroned flanked by an angel and a swordbearer.
Rustam kills Alkûs. - Persian manuscript
Garshâsp hits a lion with his mace.
The birth of Rustam. - miniature, medieval manuscript

The birth of Rustam. - miniature, medieval manuscript

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Reis effendi, ou ministre des affaires étrangères. [6]
Le Grand Seigneur (i.e., the sultan). [1]
The Visitation, anonymous printmaker, German
Abyssinian priest and warrior
Wallachia
Ise Monogatari Emaki, Scroll I.
Sposalizio del gobbo nan
Aldegrever Heinrich - Two Torch-Bearers
Schema huius praemissae divisionis sphaerarum [page 5]
Aldegrever Heinrich - Hercules and Cerberus
Aldegrever Heinrich - Hercules and Atlas
Karta Rossii Dzhenkinsona 1562g. Tekst str.10.
Karta Rossii Antoniia Vida ok.1537g. s ottiska, gravirovannago F.Gogenbergom v 1570g. Tekst str.4
Nûh [Noah] on the Ark.
The prophet Idrîs (Enoch) seated in a garden in Paradise.
Mu dan ting huan hun ji p. 10
Commedia dell'arte figures
Mademoiselle des Chars dansant a l'Opera.
1. - Porte des grands appartements; 2. - crochets des fenêtres des grands appartements; 3. - pilastre de la chapelle; 4. - lavabo de la sacristie.
Portugallia., Abraham Ortelius
Entrée des sieurs de Vroncourt, Tyllon et Mariment
Entrée de Monseigneur Henry de Lorraine, Marquis de Moy soubs le nom de Pirandre.
Stefano Della Bella - [Horse ballet].
Karta Ukrainy V.Boplana 1650g. Tekst str. 15
[Les noces de Pelée et de Thétis.]
Jonstonus Joannes - Elephas; Elephant.
Jonstonus Joannes - Taurus Castratus Bos; Verschnittener Ochs.
Onager Aldro, Wald Esel; Monoceros seu unicornu iubatus, Einhorn mit Mähnen. ; Mononceros seu unicornu aliud, Einhorn mit Mähnen ein andr art.
Jonstonus Joannes - Dromedarij.
Onager, Wald Esel ; Lupus Marinus, Meer Wolff ; Capra Sijluestris, Wild Geiss art.
Nieuwe Werelt kaert nautical chart
Magny en habit de viellard dansant dans l'opéra de Thésée: Berain inv.
Cornelis Danckerts I - La dance de Laloÿeau
Habits des nymphes de la suitte d'Orithie du balet du Triomphe de l'amour: J. Berin del.
Habit d'Indien du balet du Triomphe de l'amour: J. Berin del.
Composuit Zeuxes Iunonem e Quinque Puellis; Parrhasius Velo, Volucris Ceu Fallitur Uva.
A prospect of the inside of Westminster Hall, shewing how the King and Queen, with the nobility and others, did sit at dinner on the day of the coronation, 23 Apr. 1685, with the manner of serving up the first course of hot meat to their Majesties table.
Children of the choir of Westminster in number 8; the sergeant porter; the sergeant of the vestry; children of his Majesty Chapel Royal, in number twelve.
Mademoiselle Desmastain en Pallas a l'Opera
L'opera
Aveline Pierre le Vieux - [Les noces de Pelée et de Thétis]
Femme de qualité dansant.
Le sieur Ballon et la delle. Prévost dans le ballet d'action des Scythes
Driade. J. B. Martin inv. sculp.
The Kingdome of Ireland devided into fower provinces…
Commedia dell'arte - Harlequin
Rappresentazione d'un ballo di nobili ...
[Peasants dancing]
Four drawings of insects.
[Theatrical hornpipe?]
Les peines et les plaisirs de l'amour
Ertinger Franz - Le Carnaval
Ertinger Franz - Pamone
Ertinger Franz - Le carnaval de Venise
Ertinger Franz - Thesée
Ertinger Franz - Les festes galantes
Ertinger Franz - Alceste
Ertinger Franz - Armide
Ertinger Franz - Psyché
Les festes de l'Amour et de Bachus
Ertinger Franz - Ulysee et Penelope
The Ambassadors introduction into the audience hall.
The Embassadors entry through the famous Chinese wall which is 1200 miles long.
The Embassadors audience of leave of the Emperor.
Ertinger Franz - Télémaque
Ertinger Franz - La vénitienne
Le moufti, ou chef de la loy
Jean Baptiste Vanmour - Leventi, ou soldat de marine
D'Engelze volkplanting in Virginie
AHarlot's Progress, Plate 4 [Beating Hemp in Bridewell]
Selected plates from The art of dancing explained by reading and figures
Mr. Hardouin dansant à l'Opéra d'Yphigenie.
Carte du Canada ou de la Nouvelle France : et des découvertes qui y ont été faites dressée sur plusieurs observations et sur un grand nombre de relations imprimées ou manuscrites
Giovanni Battista Piranesi - Veduta interna della Basilica di S. Pietro in Vaticano.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi - Teatro di Marcello.
William de la Cour - Jacob de Gheyn II - La jardiniere Italienne
William de la Cour - L'Espagnolette
Giovanni Battista Piranesi - Obelisco Egizio.
De Vrede, als uit den hemel nederdalende, vertoond by het weder openen van dan Amsteld. Schouwburg
Giovanni Battista Piranesi - The Gothic arch.
Pastoral dance scenes of the eighteenth century
Basan Francois - La guinguette
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