Other forms: representationally

In art, anything that's representational depicts things as they are. A representational portrait of your mom will accurately depict the shape of her face, her hair color, and her eye color.

Representational art depicts recognizable, real-world things, people, or events. A sketch of boats on the ocean, gulls flying overhead in a sky full of clouds, is representational, with every element of the drawing representing something physical. Other types of art are much more abstract, reflecting emotions or ideas — like a Jackson Pollock canvas splattered with paint. Representational comes from the Latin repraesentare, "show or display."

Definitions of representational
  1. adjective
    (used especially of art) depicting objects, figures,or scenes as seen
    representational art”
    representational images”
    delineative, depictive
    depicted in a recognizable manner
    of visual imagery of almost photographic accuracy
    figural, figurative
    consisting of or forming human or animal figures
    characterized by or of the nature of or using mimesis
    naturalistic, realistic
    representing what is real; not abstract or ideal
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    of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature
    existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment
    abstract, abstractionist, nonfigurative, nonobjective
    not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
    conventional, formal, schematic
    represented in simplified or symbolic form
    geometric, geometrical
    characterized by simple geometric forms in design and decoration
    adhering to fixed types or methods; highly restrained and formal
    characteristic of the earliest phase of geometric art especially in Greece
    characterized by stylized but recognizable subject matter
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