Previous versions of Thema are still available 1.3 1.2.
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Use all A* codes for: specialist and general adult titles, including both highly illustrated and more text-based works. For a hobby or recreational approach, prefer a WF* code as the main subject and supplement with A* code(s) where appropriate. Use all A* codes with: other subject categories and qualifiers as appropriate, in particular STYLE 6*, plus PLACE 1* and TIME PERIOD 3* Qualifiers
|AF||The Arts: art forms
Use for: works on the fine, visual and applied arts. Use all AF* codes with: the relevant AG* code(s), AGA for History of art and artworks, AGZ for specialist works about technique, and STYLE Qualifiers 6* as appropriate.
Prefer: WF* codes as the main subject for more amateur, hobby or recreational approaches
|AFJ||Other graphic or visual art forms
Class here: collage; photomontage. Use for: general works or art forms that do not have a specific code in AFC*, AFF* or AFH*
|AFJY||Body art and tattoos
Class here: body piercing, body painting as art. Use with: AFKP for performance art
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