Greek Painting – History of Murals, Characteristics and Advantages

What is Greek Painting? Greek Painting has survived mainly as ceramic decoration. The few surviving Greek murals are remarkable. However, it shows important advances in techniques of realism (shading and perspective). Likewise, the heart of Greek culture (of painting) was Athens.  This is true even at the time of Greek obscurantism, during which Athens (like… read more »

European Painting – Definition, Development and Evolution

What is European Painting? One of the characteristics of the pre-modern empires of the world was their tendency to assimilate the cultures of the more advanced civilizations they conquered. The European empires of the modern age, on the contrary, have shown little interest and appreciation for the cultures and arts of the subject peoples and… read more »

Indian Painting – Influence of Customs and Traditions

What is Indian Painting? The tradition of Indian painting has developed on the Indian subcontinent since ancient times. A testimony to this fact are the very elaborate murals of Ajanta and Ellora, Buddhist palm leaf manuscripts, as well as the Mughal and Kangra schools of Indian miniature paintings. Of these, records have been found that… read more »

Action Painting – Definition, Characteristics and Development

Definition of Action Painting Action Painting is a kind of art, direct, instinctive and very dynamic that consists of the spontaneous application of vigorous and broad brushstrokes, adding the effects of drips and spills of paint on the canvas. The term was coined by the American critic Harold Rosenberg to characterize the work of a… read more »

Roman Painting – Exponents and Characteristics

What is Roman Painting? The history of Roman painting is essentially a history of wall paintings on plaster. Although there are ancient literary references reporting Roman paintings on wood, ivory, and other materials, it is the works that have been executed in the durable medium of fresco that have survived, as it was used to… read more »

Prehistoric Painting – Rock Painting, Concepts and Importance

What is Prehistoric Painting? In prehistoric art, prehistoric painting is defined by the term “rock painting” which encompasses any rock art that consists of the application of colored pigments on the walls, floors or ceilings of ancient rock shelters. A monochromatic rock painting is an image made with only one color (usually black), for example,… read more »

Egyptian Painting – Representation of Gods, Exponents and More

What is Egyptian Painting? Egyptian Painting was used to decorate the walls of temples and tombs, as well as to illustrate on papyrus. Fresco was a very common technique. To produce the colors, pigments were dissolved in water before being applied to a wet wall. The subjects were very varied and fluctuated between religious representations… read more »

Painting – Definition, History, Events and Importance

What is Painting? In essence, painting is a visual composition on a cloth or canvas surface.  In reality, the term can be applied more broadly. So when asking a critic the concept of painting, he or she will inevitably linger on the question of form. Thus, the defining aspects that unite all works of art… read more »