Fine arts are essentially those arts which
can be enjoyed for their own sake. Fine arts are produced or
intended for beauty rather than for other usage. There are many
fine arts paintings including oil paintings, fine arts drawing,
fine graphic arts, and fine arts sculpture. If you are
interested in fine arts, there are many museums dedicated
entirely for fine arts all over the world.
Where did the term fine arts come
The term fine arts was not used until the
1400s because prior to that time painters, artisans and
craftspersons were in the same category. The terms fine arts
were not fully developed until the 18th Century to distinguish
fine arts from applied arts.
The Renaissance and fine arts
The Renaissance period (1420 - 1580) was the
first period in history to be aware of itself enough to give
itself a name. The Renaissance period was the period of the
rebirth of knowledge and culture in Europe, especially in
Italy. In painting, the concept of harmony and proportion were
recognized and interpreted. Many art and painting techniques
were developed in this time period. The rules of art criticism
were also developed in the Renaissance period.
Fine arts Vs Applied Arts
In the visual arts, fine arts refer to the
painting, sculpture and architecture. Fine arts are arts with
no practical function.
How are fine arts valued?
Fine arts are valued in terms of the
visual pleasure they provide or their success in
communicating ideas or feelings. One exception to
this valuation of fine arts is architecture. Architecture
involves designing structures that strive to be both
attractive and functional. A building is supposed to
provide shelter and service to human beings. Because of
this dual usage of architecture art work, architecture is
both fine arts and applied arts.
Distinction between Fine arts and Applied
While there is no clear division between
fine arts and applied arts, we can distinguish fine arts and
applied arts by examining the definition of applied
What is applied arts?
The term applied arts (as its name
suggests) is most often used to describe the design or
decoration of functional objects to make them pleasing
to the eye. Applied arts are either made by hand or by
machine. The purpose of applied art is to serve people.
Applied arts focuses on its functionality rather than
What do we call artists who create
Artists who create applied arts are
often called designers, artisans or craftspeople.