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 a young history painter, a rite of passage in getting oneself noticed was to present at the Salon a grande machine, a tour de force piece that would attract attention in an exhibition crammed with thousands of canvases.
1885) by Luc-Olivier Merson--a reminder that the history painter was also an accomplished draughtsman and sought-after interior designer.
His second apprenticeship was in Amsterdam under the tutelage of history painter Pieter Lastman (1583-1633).
Dietrich was born in Wittenberg, Germany, the daughter of Eduard Dietrich (1803-1877), a landscape, architecture and history painter with whom she trained, but little else is known about her life.
Luc is a history painter for our times," said co-curator Madeleine Grynsztejn of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
In order of planned start date, the 2009 scholars are Professor Fiona Wheeler (High Court Judges and non-judicial functions); Dr Robert Cribb (state finance in the Indonesian revolution 1945-1949); Dr Tatiana Gabroussenko (North Korean propaganda from 1994 to the present); Professor Kenneth Morgan (the ABC Orchestras); Mr John Arnold (a history of Sun Books); Dr Philip Jones (winner of the 2008 Prime Minister's award for non-fiction: natural history painter George French Angas); and Professor David Carter (Australian-American cultural relations).
In 1841, he traveled to Dusseldorf, Germany, and enrolled himself in the Royal Art Academy as a history painter.
1450-1516), and to study in Amsterdam under renowned history painter Pieter Lastman, who influenced his choice of biblical and mythologic subjects.
One of these is by the magnificently named Diogene-Ulysse-Napoleon Maillard, whose parents clearly destined him to be a history painter.
He is so unusual: From being a prolific painter of Italianate landscapes from the 1620s to the early 1640s his output drops and he suddenly reinvents himself as a monumental history painter.
Parry (1742-l791) was a portrait and history painter.
Turner was not, of course, an abstract painter but essentially a history painter taking grandiose themes as his subject.

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