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Arts (669 articles)[edit]

  1. B-Class article Art
  2. Start-Class article The arts (Level 1)

Architecture (57 articles)[edit]

See also Technology > Construction section

Cultural venues (23 articles)[edit]

Literature (214 articles)[edit]

Basic concepts in literature (30 articles)[edit]

  1. C-Class article Literature (Level 2)
  2. C-Class article Book (Level 2)
  3. B-Class article Character
  4. C-Class article Fiction (Level 3)
    1. C-Class article Children's literature
    2. C-Class article Fable
    3. Featured article Fairy tale
    4. Start-Class article Fantasy
    5. Start-Class article Horror fiction
    6. Start-Class article Legend
    7. B-Class article Romance novel
    8. C-Class article Satire
    9. B-Class article Science fiction
      1. C-Class article Time travel
  5. B-Class article Literary criticism
  6. C-Class article Narrative
  7. Start-Class article Non-fiction
    1. C-Class article Biography
    2. B-Class article Dictionary
    3. C-Class article Encyclopedia
    4. Start-Class article Thesaurus
  8. C-Class article Novel (Level 3)
  9. Featured article Poetry (Level 3)
    1. C-Class article Epic poetry
    2. Start-Class article Ghazal
    3. C-Class article Haiku
    4. Start-Class article Ode
    5. Start-Class article Sonnet
  10. Start-Class article Prose (Level 3)
  11. C-Class article Short story (Level 3)

Literatures by language and area (17 articles)[edit]

  1. Start-Class article African literature
  2. B-Class article Ancient Greek literature
  3. C-Class article Arabic literature
  4. B-Class article Chinese literature
  5. C-Class article English literature
  6. Start-Class article French literature
  7. Start-Class article German literature
  8. B-Class article Indian literature
  9. Start-Class article Italian literature
  10. C-Class article Japanese literature
  11. C-Class article Jewish literature
  12. Start-Class article Latin American literature
  13. Start-Class article Latin literature
  14. B-Class article Persian literature
  15. C-Class article Russian literature
  16. Start-Class article Scandinavian literature
  17. C-Class article Spanish literature

Specific works of literature (168 articles)[edit]

Nonfiction (53 articles)[edit]

Nonfiction of antiquity (25 articles)

  1. Start-Class article Anabasis (Xenophon)
  2. B-Class article Analects
  3. B-Class article Apology (Plato)
  4. B-Class article The Art of War
  5. C-Class article The Book of Healing
  6. C-Class article Delisted good article The Consolation of Philosophy
  7. B-Class article Dead Sea Scrolls
  8. B-Class article Euclid's Elements
  9. C-Class article Hippocratic Corpus
  10. Start-Class article Histories (Herodotus)
  11. C-Class article History of the Peloponnesian War
  12. B-Class article I Ching
  13. Start-Class article The Incoherence of the Philosophers
  14. Start-Class article The Maxims of Ptahhotep
  15. Start-Class article Metaphysics (Aristotle)
  16. Start-Class article Muqaddimah
  17. C-Class article Nicomachean Ethics
  18. Start-Class article Organon
  19. Start-Class article Physics (Aristotle)
  20. B-Class article Poetic Edda
  21. C-Class article Popol Vuh
  22. C-Class article The Republic (Plato)
  23. B-Class article Septuagint
  24. C-Class article Summa Theologica
  25. B-Class article Vulgate

Nonfiction of early printed book era (12 articles)

  1. Start-Class article The Birds of America
  2. C-Class article Critique of Pure Reason
  3. B-Class article A Dictionary of the English Language
  4. Start-Class article Discourse on the Method
  5. B-Class article Former featured article Encyclopædia Britannica
  6. B-Class article Gutenberg Bible
  7. C-Class article The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  8. B-Class article Former featured article King James Version
  9. C-Class article Leviathan
  10. Start-Class article Opticks
  11. C-Class article Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica
  12. C-Class article The Prince

Nonfiction of modern era (16 articles)

  1. Start-Class article The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care
  2. C-Class article The Communist Manifesto
  3. Start-Class article Das Kapital
  4. Start-Class article The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex
  5. Start-Class article The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
  6. Start-Class article The Golden Bough
  7. Featured article Night
  8. Featured article On the Origin of Species
  9. Start-Class article Oxford English Dictionary
  10. C-Class article Principia Mathematica
  11. C-Class article Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung
  12. B-Class article Silent Spring
  13. B-Class article The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
  14. Start-Class article The Souls of Black Folk
  15. Start-Class article The Varieties of Religious Experience
  16. C-Class article The Wealth of Nations

Fiction (87 articles)[edit]

Fiction of antiquity (15 articles)

  1. C-Class article The Bacchae
  2. Start-Class article The Golden Ass
  3. Start-Class article Investiture of the Gods
  4. C-Class article Journey to the West
  5. Stub-Class article Kadambari
  6. Stub-Class article Kathasaritsagara
  7. Start-Class article Lysistrata
  8. C-Class article Medea
  9. Start-Class article Oresteia
  10. B-Class article Oedipus the King
  11. B-Class article One Thousand and One Nights
  12. B-Class article Panchatantra
  13. C-Class article Romance of the Three Kingdoms
  14. B-Class article The Tale of Genji
  15. C-Class article Water Margin

Fiction of early printed book era (17 articles)

  1. Featured article Candide
  2. C-Class article Doctor Faustus
  3. B-Class article Don Quixote (Level 3)
  4. C-Class article Dream of the Red Chamber
  5. C-Class article Goethe's Faust
  6. C-Class article Gulliver's Travels
  7. Featured article Hamlet
  8. B-Class article King Lear
  9. C-Class article Macbeth
  10. C-Class article A Midsummer Night's Dream
  11. C-Class article Othello
  12. Start-Class article La Princesse de Clèves
  13. C-Class article Robinson Crusoe
  14. Featured article Romeo and Juliet
  15. C-Class article Tartuffe
  16. Good article The Tempest
  17. Start-Class article Utopia

Fiction of modern era (52 articles)

  1. B-Class article Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  2. B-Class article Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  3. C-Class article Anna Karenina
  4. B-Class article Delisted good article Brave New World
  5. B-Class article Former featured article The Brothers Karamazov
  6. Start-Class article Buddenbrooks
  7. B-Class article The Call of the Wild
  8. B-Class article The Catcher in the Rye
  9. B-Class article A Christmas Carol
  10. B-Class article The Chronicles of Narnia
  11. Good article Crime and Punishment
  12. B-Class article The Crucible
  13. C-Class article A Doll's House
  14. B-Class article Eugene Onegin
  15. C-Class article Delisted good article Frankenstein
  16. C-Class article The Grapes of Wrath
  17. C-Class article Gravity's Rainbow
  18. C-Class article Great Expectations
  19. Good article The Great Gatsby
  20. C-Class article Heart of Darkness
  21. C-Class article The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
  22. Good article The Importance of Being Earnest
  23. C-Class article In Search of Lost Time
  24. C-Class article Jane Eyre
  25. C-Class article Les Misérables
  26. B-Class article The Little Prince
  27. C-Class article Lolita
  28. B-Class article Former featured article The Lord of the Rings
  29. C-Class article Madame Bovary
  30. C-Class article The Metamorphosis
  31. C-Class article Middlemarch
  32. C-Class article Midnight's Children
  33. B-Class article Moby-Dick
  34. B-Class article Nineteen Eighty-Four
  35. B-Class article On the Road
  36. B-Class article One Hundred Years of Solitude
  37. B-Class article Pride and Prejudice
  38. B-Class article The Scarlet Letter
  39. Start-Class article Snow Country
  40. C-Class article Sons and Lovers
  41. C-Class article The Sound and the Fury
  42. Featured article The Sun Also Rises
  43. C-Class article Things Fall Apart
  44. C-Class article The Three Musketeers
  45. C-Class article To the Lighthouse
  46. C-Class article Ulysses
  47. Featured article Uncle Tom's Cabin
  48. B-Class article Waiting for Godot
  49. B-Class article War and Peace
  50. B-Class article The War of the Worlds
  51. C-Class article The Wind in the Willows
  52. B-Class article Wuthering Heights

Comics (3 articles)

  1. Featured article The Adventures of Tintin
  2. C-Class article Asterix
  3. B-Class article Peanuts

Poetic works (27 articles)[edit]

Poetic works of antiquity (14 articles)

  1. B-Class article Aeneid
  2. B-Class article Beowulf
  3. C-Class article The Canterbury Tales
  4. B-Class article Divine Comedy
  5. Stub-Class article Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi
  6. B-Class article Epic of Gilgamesh (Level 3)
  7. C-Class article Iliad
  8. B-Class article Delisted good article Mahabharata (Level 3)
  9. Start-Class article Masnavi
  10. C-Class article Metamorphoses
  11. Start-Class article Nibelungenlied
  12. C-Class article Odyssey
  13. B-Class article Shahnameh (Level 3)
  14. C-Class article The Song of Roland

Poetic works of early printed book era (5 articles)

  1. B-Class article Shakespeare's sonnets
  2. B-Class article Paradise Lost
  3. C-Class article Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
  4. B-Class article Oku no Hosomichi
  5. Start-Class article Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Poetic works of modern era (8 articles)

  1. C-Class article Former featured article The Cantos
  2. Featured article Duino Elegies
  3. Start-Class article L'après-midi d'un faune
  4. C-Class article Leaves of Grass
  5. Featured article The Raven
  6. C-Class article The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  7. Start-Class article A Season in Hell
  8. B-Class article The Waste Land

Music (142 articles)[edit]

Basics (14 articles)[edit]

  1. C-Class article Music (Level 2)
  2. Start-Class article Choir
  3. C-Class article Counterpoint
  4. C-Class article Harmony
    1. B-Class article Chord
  5. Start-Class article Melody
  6. B-Class article Music theory
  7. C-Class article Music video
  8. C-Class article Musical notation
  9. C-Class article Orchestra (Level 3)
  10. C-Class article Delisted good article Rapping
  11. Start-Class article Rhythm
  12. C-Class article Scale (music)
  13. B-Class article Singing (Level 3)

Music genres and forms (37 articles)[edit]

  1. Start-Class article Arabic music
  2. B-Class article Baroque music
    1. B-Class article Fugue
  3. B-Class article Former featured article Blues
  4. B-Class article Classical music (Level 3)
    1. Start-Class article Aria
    2. Start-Class article Concerto
    3. B-Class article Opera (Level 3)
    4. Start-Class article Sonata
    5. C-Class article Symphony
  5. B-Class article Country music
  6. B-Class article Delisted good article Disco
  7. B-Class article Electronic music
  8. B-Class article Delisted good article Folk music (Level 3)
  9. B-Class article Funk
  10. B-Class article Gamelan
  11. B-Class article Former featured article Gregorian chant
  12. C-Class article Former featured article Hip hop music (Level 3)
  13. B-Class article Hymn
  14. Start-Class article Indian classical music
  15. B-Class article Former featured article Jazz (Level 3)
    1. B-Class article Delisted good article Bossa nova
    2. B-Class article Delisted good article Ragtime
  16. C-Class article Music of China
  17. C-Class article National anthem
  18. C-Class article Pop music (Level 3)
  19. B-Class article Reggae
  20. B-Class article Delisted good article Rhythm and blues
    1. B-Class article Delisted good article Soul music
  21. Good article Rock music (Level 3)
    1. Featured article Heavy metal music
    2. Featured article Punk rock
    3. C-Class article Rock and roll
  22. B-Class article Former featured article Salsa music
  23. Start-Class article Samba
  24. Start-Class article Singer-songwriter
  25. C-Class article Sub-Saharan African music traditions

Musical instruments (42 articles)[edit]

  1. Good article Musical instrument (Level 3)
  2. C-Class article Electronic musical instrument
    1. Start-Class article Bass guitar
    2. B-Class article Electric guitar
    3. B-Class article Delisted good article Synthesizer
  3. C-Class article Percussion instrument
    1. Start-Class article Bell
    2. C-Class article Cymbal
    3. B-Class article Djembe
    4. B-Class article Drum
    5. C-Class article Piano
    6. Start-Class article Xylophone
  4. Start-Class article Delisted good article String instrument
    1. B-Class article Delisted good article Cello
    2. C-Class article Delisted good article Double bass
    3. C-Class article Guitar
    4. C-Class article Harp
    5. B-Class article Harpsichord
    6. Start-Class article Lute
    7. C-Class article Lyre
    8. B-Class article Mandolin
    9. C-Class article Viola
    10. B-Class article Violin
  5. Start-Class article Wind instrument
    1. B-Class article Accordion
    2. C-Class article Bagpipes
    3. B-Class article Brass instrument
      1. C-Class article Horn
      2. B-Class article Trombone
      3. C-Class article Trumpet
      4. C-Class article Tuba
    4. C-Class article Harmonica
    5. Good article Pipe organ
    6. Start-Class article Woodwind instrument
      1. B-Class article Delisted good article Bassoon
      2. Good article Clarinet
      3. B-Class article Flute
        1. Start-Class article Pan flute
        2. C-Class article Delisted good article Recorder
        3. B-Class article Western concert flute
      4. C-Class article Oboe
      5. B-Class article Former featured article Delisted good article Saxophone

Specific musical works (49 articles)[edit]

Traditional (1 article)[edit]

  1. B-Class article Auld Lang Syne

Baroque (5 articles)[edit]

  1. B-Class article Brandenburg Concertos
  2. Start-Class article The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
  3. B-Class article Mass in B minor
  4. Featured article Messiah (Handel)
  5. B-Class article The Well-Tempered Clavier

Classical (10 articles)[edit]

  1. B-Class article Carmina Burana (Orff)
  2. C-Class article The Creation (Haydn)
  3. Start-Class article La mer (Debussy)
  4. Start-Class article Nocturnes (Chopin)
  5. Start-Class article Piano Sonata No. 14 (Beethoven)
  6. B-Class article Scheherazade (Rimsky-Korsakov)
  7. B-Class article Symphony No. 5 (Beethoven)
  8. Featured article Symphony No. 8 (Mahler)
  9. B-Class article Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven)
  10. Start-Class article Symphony No. 41 (Mozart)

Opera (7 articles)[edit]

  1. Featured article Carmen
  2. B-Class article Don Giovanni
  3. C-Class article Madama Butterfly
  4. B-Class article The Magic Flute
  5. B-Class article Der Ring des Nibelungen
  6. B-Class article La traviata
  7. B-Class article Tristan und Isolde

Ballet (3 articles)[edit]

  1. B-Class article The Nutcracker
  2. Featured article The Rite of Spring
  3. C-Class article Swan Lake

Musicals (4 articles)[edit]

  1. Good article Hair
  2. B-Class article Oklahoma!
  3. B-Class article The Phantom of the Opera
  4. B-Class article West Side Story

Modern (19 articles)[edit]

  1. Featured article The Dark Side of the Moon
  2. B-Class article Guantanamera
  3. B-Class article Happy Birthday to You
  4. Good article Heartbreak Hotel
  5. Featured article Imagine (John Lennon song)
  6. Start-Class article The Internationale
  7. C-Class article Johnny B. Goode
  8. Good article Kind of Blue
  9. Featured article Like a Rolling Stone
  10. B-Class article Delisted good article Pet Sounds
  11. B-Class article Respect (song)
  12. Start-Class article Rhapsody in Blue
  13. Featured article Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  14. B-Class article Stairway to Heaven
  15. B-Class article This Land Is Your Land
  16. Featured article Thriller (Michael Jackson album)
  17. B-Class article We Shall Overcome
  18. B-Class article What's Going On (Marvin Gaye album)
  19. C-Class article White Christmas

Performing arts (45 articles)[edit]

Visual arts (97 articles)[edit]

History of art (40 articles)[edit]

Pre-modern art (12 articles)[edit]

  1. C-Class article Academic art
  2. C-Class article Former featured article Baroque (Level 3)
  3. Start-Class article Classicism
  4. B-Class article Dutch Golden Age painting
  5. Start-Class article Empire style
  6. C-Class article Gothic art (Level 3)
  7. C-Class article Mannerism
  8. C-Class article Prehistoric art
  9. C-Class article Realism
  10. B-Class article Rock art
  11. C-Class article Rococo
  12. C-Class article Romanesque art

Modern art (15 articles)[edit]

  1. C-Class article Modern art
  2. B-Class article Abstract art
  3. B-Class article Abstract expressionism
  4. C-Class article Art Deco
  5. C-Class article Art Nouveau
  6. B-Class article Cubism
  7. B-Class article Delisted good article Dada
  8. C-Class article Expressionism
  9. B-Class article Futurism
  10. C-Class article Impressionism
  11. C-Class article Neoclassicism
  12. C-Class article Post-Impressionism
  13. C-Class article Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
  14. B-Class article Surrealism
  15. C-Class article Symbolism

Contemporary art (6 articles)[edit]

  1. C-Class article Contemporary art
  2. C-Class article Land art
  3. Start-Class article Minimalism
  4. C-Class article Conceptual art
  5. C-Class article Outsider art
  6. C-Class article Pop art

Non-Western art traditions (7 articles)[edit]

  1. Start-Class article African art
  2. C-Class article Chinese art
  3. Start-Class article Indian art
  4. C-Class article Islamic art
  5. Start-Class article Persian art
  6. Featured article Ukiyo-e
  7. C-Class article Visual arts by indigenous peoples of the Americas

Concepts and forms (25 articles)[edit]

  1. C-Class article Visual arts (Level 2)
  2. B-Class article Calligraphy
  3. B-Class article Ceramic art
  4. B-Class article Collage
  5. Good article Comics
    1. B-Class article Manga
  6. C-Class article Drawing (Level 3)
  7. B-Class article Engraving
  8. C-Class article Fashion
  9. Start-Class article Folk art
  10. C-Class article Former featured article Graffiti
  11. Start-Class article Handicraft
  12. C-Class article Illustration
  13. C-Class article Mosaic
  14. Start-Class article Mural
  15. C-Class article Optical illusion
  16. C-Class article Origami
  17. C-Class article Painting (Level 3)
    1. C-Class article Oil painting
    2. Start-Class article Watercolor painting
  18. C-Class article Perspective (graphical)
  19. Start-Class article Religious art
  20. B-Class article Delisted good article Sculpture (Level 3)
  21. C-Class article Textile arts
  22. C-Class article Wood carving

Specific works (33 articles)[edit]

Painting (21 articles)[edit]

  1. Start-Class article A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
  2. Start-Class article Along the River During the Qingming Festival
  3. B-Class article Arnolfini Portrait
  4. B-Class article The Art of Painting
  5. Start-Class article The Birth of Venus (Botticelli)
  6. Featured article Campbell's Soup Cans
  7. Start-Class article The Death of Socrates
  8. Featured article The Garden of Earthly Delights
  9. B-Class article Guernica
  10. C-Class article Delisted good article The Last Supper (Leonardo da Vinci)
  11. Start-Class article Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe
  12. B-Class article Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
  13. B-Class article Delisted good article Mona Lisa (Level 3)
  14. C-Class article The Night Watch
  15. C-Class article Nighthawks
  16. Start-Class article The Persistence of Memory
  17. B-Class article The Scream
  18. B-Class article Delisted good article Sistine Chapel
  19. B-Class article The Starry Night
  20. Start-Class article The Treachery of Images
  21. Start-Class article Water Lilies

Sculpture (9 articles)[edit]

  1. C-Class article David (Michelangelo)
  2. Start-Class article Ecstasy of Saint Teresa
  3. Start-Class article Fountain
  4. Featured article Olmec colossal heads
  5. C-Class article Pietà (Michelangelo)
  6. B-Class article Terracotta Army
  7. Start-Class article The Thinker
  8. B-Class article Venus de Milo
  9. Start-Class article Venus of Willendorf

Other media (3 articles)[edit]

  1. B-Class article Bayeux Tapestry
  2. Featured article Book of Kells
  3. C-Class article The Great Wave off Kanagawa

Modern visual arts (63 articles)[edit]

Fictional characters (27 articles)[edit]

Mythological and Biblical characters are listed under Philosophy and religion

Characters from Western folklore (9 articles)[edit]

  1. Featured article King Arthur
  2. B-Class article Baba Yaga
  3. C-Class article Cinderella
  4. Start-Class article Don Juan
  5. C-Class article Faust
  6. B-Class article Hansel and Gretel
  7. B-Class article Delisted good article Robin Hood
  8. B-Class article Merlin
  9. B-Class article Santa Claus

Characters from literature and drama (9 articles)[edit]

  1. C-Class article Aladdin
  2. Good article James Bond (literary character)
  3. C-Class article Conan the Barbarian
  4. C-Class article Count Dracula
  5. C-Class article Sherlock Holmes
  6. Start-Class article Hua Mulan
  7. C-Class article Peter Pan
  8. B-Class article Tarzan
  9. B-Class article Winnie-the-Pooh

Characters from film, television and games (4 articles)[edit]

  1. B-Class article Donald Duck
  2. C-Class article Godzilla
  3. C-Class article Delisted good article Mario
  4. B-Class article Mickey Mouse

Superheroes (5 articles)[edit]

  1. C-Class article Superhero
    1. Featured article Batman
    2. Good article Spider-Man
    3. C-Class article Former featured article Superman
    4. B-Class article Wonder Woman