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Check out the meanings of some of the art terms used in this exhibition.

Click on a floating word to find out its meaning. To select a different category, click on one of the 3 titles below:

Download the pdfDownload a hardcopy of the glossary (pdf, 90kb). (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).


Collections OnlineCollections Online

Browse through information about the ever expanding number of objects from all our collections.


Arts connected - the artist toolkitArts connected – the artist toolkit

Explore the tools that artists use – such as line, colour, and balance – to create works of art.


Moma – Destination modern art?MoMA – Destination modern art?

Take a tour of the Museum of Modern Art with a friendly alien!


The Met – Timeline of art historyThe Met – Timeline of art history

A chronological and geographical exploration of the history of art.


Art New ZealandArt New Zealand

View current and previous issues of New Zealand's major visual arts journal.


The Colin McCahon Online CatalogueThe Colin McCahon Online Catalogue

The ongoing project to catalogue McCahon's complete works, dating from the mid-1930s to the early 1980s.


Google Art ProjectGoogle Art Project

A number of Te Papa's art works, objects and Taonga are available in the Google Art project, in high resolution, alongside iconic works from other major institutions around the world.
Te Papa's collection on Google Art Project



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