Saturday, November 30, 2013

What is an ACEO? More about small format art.

"Green Eyes"
2.5 by 3.5 inches
Watercolor with Acrylic embellishments
by Artist Linda L Martin
Available in her Every Day Art Store
On Etsy
An ACEO is a Miniature work of art that is 2.5 by 3.5 inches and can fit into a standard baseball card sleeve.  ACEO stands for Art Card Edition or Original.  This miniature format has been around for centuries, however became the most popular during the Victorian Era when miniature art became a fad among wealthy collectors.  According to one account I read,  several hundred years ago artists who wanted to compare styles with other artists or show potential patrons their skills, would take small  scraps of canvas or primed board and paint in miniature. These tiny cards acted as business cards for the artists and also were much easier to carry around than their larger works.

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