Thursday, 9 February 2012


An allegorical painting is a description or figurative treatment of one subject, hidden behind the guise of another subject. For example the figures on the canvas may personify states of the mind 

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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Landscape Painting, a definition

Landscape Painting

What is a Triptych?

Is a painting or artwork formed as a tripartite. A triptych is composed of a substantial centre with two adjoining smaller wings. The two wings can be folded over the purpose of which is to protect the central panel and allow for easier storage. Once the two wings are shut, there is often another painting to be found on the outer face of the two wings. The purpose of many triptych paintings is to carry out a religious function, mainly for acts of devotion. Following on from its religious purpose, the central panel of a devotional triptych often depicts an image of the Madonna.

Here is an example:
The Portinari Altarpiece by Hugo van der Goes
1475 approx. (Triptych)

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The genres within painting and art

There is a distinct hierarchy of genres within European painting, historically speaking. The hierarchy of genres is a formalization which ranks different genres in an art form in terms of the cultural value that the artworks retain and their prestige and status within that culture.

Nightscape Painting, a definition

Starry Night - by Vincent van Gogh
Painted 1889
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A Nightscape painting is a painting of any scene whether a landscape or cityscape that has been depicted at night. A main feature of a Nightscape painting is a wide view; with possibly a starry sky, luminescent clouds, radiant moon or with orange and red hues to replicate sunset.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Symbolism in the Portinari Altarpiece (Portinari Triptych) by Hugo van der Goes

The Portinari Altarpiece by Hugo van der Goes
1475 d. Also known as the Portinari Triptych
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This painting depicts the Adoration of the Shepherds.

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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Why is provenance in art so important?

Provenance, also can be written as provenience, is vital to the study of art and Art History in general. Provenance acts as a backbone to the study of an artwork by providing basic information

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