Allegorical – language that tells a story.
Foreground – area of a picture that is nearest to and in front of the viewer.
Vignette – an unbordered picture that fades into the surrounding color at the edges.
Royal Academy – Founded in the 1760s, this British membership organization was founded for the purpose of cultivating and improving the arts of painting, sculpture and architecture.
Garden of Eden – an Earthly paradise.
Romantic – (Romanticism) an art movement/style that flourished in the early 19th century. It emphasized emotions painted in a bold, dramatic manner. Romanticism rejected the cool reasoning of classicism, the established art of the time, to paint images of nature or other exotic settings in their untamed state.
Depict – to portray or show.
Transcendental – a philosophy that emphasizes a supernatural or mystical element of experience.
Topography – surface features of a place or region.
Intervale – a tract of low-lying land especially along a river.