history painting

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history painting,

the painting of scenes from classical and Christian history and mythology. It was taught in the academies of artacademies of art,
official organizations of established artists. Lorenzo de' Medici's informal circle of great artists and thinkers was modeled on similar groups formed in classical Greece.
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, from the Renaissance to the 19th cent., as the highest form of art in an hierarchical grouping that ranked still-life painting lowest on the list. Included in the category were scenes from contemporary history, such as Velázquez's Surrender at Breda, and commemorative works and apotheoses, such as Rubens's Life of Marie de' Medici. Scenes from antiquity dominated 18th-century painting, and modern subjects were exalted by treating them in classical terms. A modern work cited as falling within the history-painting tradition is Picasso's Guernica.
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For example, I just found out from Wikipedia that Ingres thought of himself as primarily a historical painter, and yet became famous for his portraits.
Her aim is to balance our picture of Severn, to redress the 'debunking' by recent writers and to argue that he was more important as an historical painter than others have asserted.
The 11 essays, one being a short biographical outline, provide a companion to the 2005-06 exhibition catalogue and conference proceedings James Barry (1741-1806) the Great Historical Painter and to the new edition of Barry's own Account of His Paintings in the RSA's "Great Room.
HAWTHORNE, NY -- A one-man exhibition of more than two dozen paintings, welded steel sculptures and prints by artist David Tobey, son of the late muralist and historical painter Alton S.
Feet" paintings can be said to have an ancestor, it might be Der Fuss des Kunstlers (The Artist's Foot), made in 1876 by Adolph Menzel, who by then had become the best-known north German historical painter.
Easily the most famous painter in the English-speaking world in 1780, West had thoroughly established his reputation with his famous Death of General Wolfe (1769), which undoubtedly led to his appointment as King George's historical painter in 1772.
West settled in London in 1763, becoming prominent as historical painter to King George III and president of the Royal Academy.
Yet in his time he was considered by many to be the greatest historical painter.
Vanderlyn was primarily a historical painter, and such works as Marius Amid the Ruins at Carthage won him a high reputation but did not sell.
Doig's approach is more reverent to historical painters, though he says that he has learned to look at them after initially being ambivalent when he studied at St Martin's School of Art in the 1980s.
reflect and respond to aesthetic qualities in their artwork and that of historical painters.

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