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The applied arts are all the arts that apply design and decoration to everyday objects in order to make them aesthetically pleasing.[1] The term is used in distinction to the fine arts that produce objects solely to be beautiful or stimulate the intellect. In practice, the two often overlap.

Example of applied arts are:



Museums of Applied ArtsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Applied art" in The Oxford Dictionary of Art. Online edition. Oxford University Press, 2004. Retrieved 23 November 2013.

Further readingEdit

  • Dormer, Peter (ed.), The Culture of Craft, 1997, Manchester University Press, ISBN 0719046181, 9780719046186, google books