Thursday, 18 September 2014


                                         Introduction to History ''Painting and art''

There is no universally accepted definition of art. Although commonly used to describe something of beauty, or a skill which produces an aesthetic result, there is no clear line in principle between (say) a unique piece of handmade sculpture, and a mass-produced but visually attractive item. We might say that art requires thought - some kind of creative impulse - but this raises more questions: for example, how much thought is required? If someone flings paint at a canvas, hoping by this action to create a work of art, does the result automatically constitute art?Even the notion of 'beauty' raises obvious questions. If I think my kid sister's unmade bed constitutes something 'beautiful', or aesthetically pleasing, does that make it art? If not, does its status change if a million people happen to agree with me, but my kid sister thinks it is just a pile of clothes?
For some of the most important
history painters, see:
Best English Painters.
For more about the different styles,
and values of visual art, see:
Definition of Art.
Old Masters (1300-1830)
Great European painters.
Famous Painters (1830-present)
Greatest painters of modern era.
Best Contemporary Artists
World's top postmodernists.
           shakeeel art

The term "history painting" derives from the Italian word "istoria", meaning narrative, or story. It is typically used to characterize any work with a moral narrative, set against a backdrop of classical mythology, or history (ancient or modern). Christian art, for instance, was a common form of history painting. The human figures depicted are almost always engaged in some form of physical and/or emotional struggle (typically heroic) - a pictorial sermon, if you like, conveying a message of recognizable value to society of the time. The events portrayed need not be historically accurate, and frequently aren't, but they are usually highly symbolic and iconographic.


     Top 10 History Painters

This list of famous "istoria" artists has been compiled by our Editor Neil Collins MA LLB. It represents his personal view of the ten best exponents of history painting. Naturally, like any such compilation it reveals more about the personal tastes of the compiler than the narrative painters being ranked. (See also our articles: Art Evaluation and also How to Appreciate Paintings.) (See also: Famous Paintings Analyzed.)

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Fine Art: Definition & Meaning
The term "fine art" refers to an art form practised mainly for its aesthetic value and its beauty ("artfor art's sake") rather than its functional value. Fine art is rooted in drawing and design-based works such as painting, printmaking, andsculpture. It is often contrasted with "applied art" and "crafts" which are both traditionally seen as utilitarian activities. Other non-design-based activities regarded as fine arts, include photography and architecture, although the latter is best understood as an applied art.
Problems of DefinitionThe area of fine art is constantly being extended to embrace new activities arising because of either new technology, or artistic invention. The former is exemplified by acrylic painting, as well as silkscreen printing and giclee prints; the latter by the invention of mixed-media artworks employing collage, decollage, photomontage, or "found-art". Because of this gradual widening process, it is almost impossible to define or fix a meaning for fine art. (See also: Types of Art.)• DrawingA drawing can be a complete work, or a type of preparatory sketching for a painting or sculpture. A central issue in fine art concerns the relative importance of drawing (line) versus colour.
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