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Ancient Egypt, a civilization with very strong traditions of architecture and sculpture (both originally painted in bright colours) also had many mural
painting in temples and buildings, and painted illustrations on papyrus manuscripts. Egyptian wall painting and decorative painting is often
graphic, sometimes more symbolic than realistic. Egyptian painting depicts figures in bold outline and flat silhouette, in which symmetry is a
constant characteristic. Egyptian painting has close connection with its written language - called Egyptian hieroglyph. Painted symbols are found
amongst the first forms of written language. The Egyptians also painted on linen, remnants of which survive today. Ancient Egyptian paintings
survived due to the extremely dry climate. The ancient Egyptians created paintings to make the afterlife of the deceased a pleasant place. The
themes included journey through the after world or their protective deities introducing the deceased to the gods of the underworld. Some
examples of such painting are paintings of the gods and goddesses Ra, Horus, Anubis, Nut, Osiris and Isis. Some tomb paintings show
activities that the deceased were involved in when they were alive and wished to carry on doing for eternity. In the New Kingdom and later, the
Book of the Dead was buried with the entombed person. It was considered important for an introduction to the after life. Sennedjem plows his
fields with a pair of oxen, ca. 1200 to the north of Egypt was the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete. The wall paintings found in the palace of
Knossos are similar to that of the Egyptians but much more free in style. Around 1100 B.C., tribes from the north of Greece conquered Greece
and the Greek art took a new Direction ancient Greece had great painters, great sculptors (though both endeavours were regarded as mere
manual labour at the time), and great architects. The Parthenon is an example of their architecture that has lasted to modern days. Greek marble
sculpture is often described as the highest form of Classical art. Painting on pottery of Ancient Greece and ceramics gives a particularly
informative glimpse into the way society in Ancient Greece functioned. Black-figure vase painting and Red-figure vase painting gives many
surviving examples of what Greek painting was. Some famous Greek painters on wooden panels who are mentioned in texts are Alleles, Zeus
and Parnassus, however no examples of Ancient Greek panel painting survive, only written descriptions by their contemporaries or later Romans.
Zeus lived in 5-6 BC and was said to be the first to use SEATO. According to Pliny the Elder, the realism of his paintings was such that birds tried
to eat the painted grapes. Alleles is described as the greatest painter of Antiquity for perfect technique in drawing, brilliant color and modeling.
Roman art was influenced by Greece and can in part be taken as a descendant of ancient Greek painting. However, Roman painting does have
important unique characteristics. The only surviving Roman paintings are wall paintings, many from villas in Campanile, in Southern Italy. Such
painting can be grouped into 4 main  or periods and may contain the first examples of tromped, pseudo-perspective, and pure landscape. Almost
the only painted portraits surviving from the Ancient world are a large number of coffin-portraits of bust form found in the Late Antique cemetery of
Al-datum. Although these were neither of the best period nor the highest quality, they are impressive in themselves, and give an idea of the quality
that the finest ancient work must have had. A very small number of miniatures from Late Antique illustrated books also survive, and a rather larger
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Amrita Sher-Gil was an Indian painter, sometimes known as India's Frida Kahlo, and today considered an important women painter of 20th
century India, whose legacy stands at par with that of the Masters of Bengal Renaissance. she is also the 'most expensive' woman painter of
India. Today, she is amongst Nine Masters, whose work was declared as art treasures by The Archaeological Survey of India, in 1976 and 1979
and over 100 of her paintings are now displayed at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.During the colonial era, Western influences started
to make an impact on Indian art. Some artists developed a style that used Western ideas of composition, perspective and realism to illustrate
Indian themes. Others, like Jamini Roy, consciously drew inspiration from folk art. By the time of Independence in 1947, several schools of art in
India provided access to modern techniques and ideas. Galleries were established to showcase these artists. Modern Indian art typically shows
the influence of Western styles, but is often inspired by Indian themes and images. Major artists are beginning to gain international recognition,
initially among the Indian diaspora, but also among non-Indian audiences. The Progressive Artists' Group, established shortly after India became
independent in 1947, was intended to establish new ways of expressing India in the post-colonial era. The founders were six eminent artists - K.
H. Ara, S. K. Bakre, H. A. Gade, M.F. Husain, S.H. Raza and F. N. Souza, though the group was dissolved in 1956, it was profoundly influential in
changing the idiom of Indian art. Almost all India's major artists in the 1950s were associated with the group. Some of those who are well-known
today are Bal Chabda, V. S. Gaitonde, Ram Kumar, Tyeb Mehta, and Akbar Padamsee. Other famous painters like Jahar Dasgupta, Prokash
Karmakar, John Wilkins, Narayanan Ramachandran, and Bijon Choudhuri enriched the art culture of India. They have become the icons of
modern Indian art. Art historians like Prof. Rai Anand Krishna have also referred to those works of modern artistes that reflect Indian ethos. Geeta
Vadhera has had acclaim in translating complex, Indian spiritual themes onto canvas like Sufi thought, the Upanishads and the Bhagwad Geeta.
Indian Art got a boost with the economic liberalization of the country since early 1990s. Artists from various fields now started bringing in varied
styles of work. Post liberalization Indian art works not only within the confines of academic traditions but also outside it. Artists have introduced
new concepts which have hitherto not been seen in Indian art. Devajyoti Ray has introduced a the new genre of art called Pseudorealism.
Pseudorealist Art is an original art style that has been developed entirely on the Indian soil. Pseudorealism takes into account the Indian concept
of abstraction and uses it to transform regular scenes of Indian life into a fantastic images. In post-liberalization India, many artists have
established themselves in the international art market like the abstract painter Natvar Bhavsar and sculptor Anish Kapoor whose mammoth
postminimalist artworks have acquired attention for their sheer size. Many art houses and galleries have also opened in USA and Europe to
showcase Indian artworks.
Although high level of stylization, mystical appeal, and surreal elegance were often preferred over realism (such as in San shut style), beginning
with the medieval Song Dynasty there were many Chinese painters then and afterwards who depicted scenes of nature that were vividly real.
Later Ming Dynasty artists would take after this Song Dynasty emphasis for intricate detail and realism on objects in nature, especially in
depictions of animals (such as ducks, swans, sparrows, tigers, etc.) amongst patches of brightly-colored flowers and thickets of brush and wood
(a good example would be the anonymous Ming Dynasty Painting Birds and Plum Blossoms [11], housed in the Freer Gallery of the Smiths onion
Museum in Washington, D.C.). There were many renowned Ming Dynasty artists; Que Yin is an excellent example of a paramount Ming era
painter (famous even in his own day), utilizing in his artwork domestic scenes, bustling palatial scenes, and nature scenes of river valleys and
steeped mountains shrouded in mist and swirling clouds. During the Ming Dynasty there were also different and rivaling schools of art
associated with painting, such as the We School and the She School classical Chinese painting continued on into the early modern Wing
Dynasty, with highly realistic portrait painting like seen in the late Ming Dynasty of the early 17th century. The portraits of Bangui Emperor,
Yongzheng Emperor, and Weanling Emperor are excellent examples of realistic Chinese portrait painting. During the Weanling reign period and
the continuing 19th century, European Baroque styles of painting had noticeable influence on Chinese portrait paintings, especially with painted
visual effects of lighting and shading. Likewise, East Asian paintings and other works of art (such as porcelain and lacquer ware) were highly
prized in Europe since initial contact in the 16th century. Muromachi period, Singe, (1431 & 1485), Viewing a Waterfall, Next Museum, Tokyo
Japanese painting is one of the oldest and most highly refined of the Japanese arts, encompassing a wide variety on genre and styles. As with
the history of Japanese arts in general, the history Japanese painting is a long history of synthesis and competition between native Japanese
aesthetics and adaptation of imported ideas. Unyoke, pictures of the floating world is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints (or woodcuts) and
paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries, featuring motifs of landscapes, the theatre and pleasure quarters. It is the main
artistic genre of woodblock printing in Japan. Japanese print making especially from the EDP period exerted enormous influence on Western
painting in France during the 19th Century indian Painting historically revolved around the religious deities and kings. Indian art is a collective
term for several different schools of art that existed in the Indian subcontinent. The paintings varied from large frescoes of Elora to the intricate
Fugal miniature paintings to the metal embellished works from the Tagore school. The paintings from the Gandhar-Taxila are influenced by the
Persian works in the west. The eastern style of painting was mostly developed around the Nolana school of art. The works are mostly inspired by
various scenes from Indian Mythology the earliest Indian paintings were the rock paintings of prehistoric times, the petroglyph's as found in
places like the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, and some of them are older than 5500 BC. Such works continued and after several millennial, in the
7th century, carved pillars of Shanta, Maharashtra state present a fine example of Indian paintings, and the colors, mostly various shades of red
and orange, were derived from minerals. Bhimbetka rock painting junta Caves in Maharashtra, India are rock-cut cave monuments dating back to
the 2nd century BC and containing paintings and sculpture considered to be masterpieces of both Buddhist religious art and universal pictorial
art. A fresco from Cave 1 of Ajanta. Madhubani painting Madhubani painting is a style of Indian painting, practiced in the Mathilda region of Bear
state, India. The origins of Maharani painting are shrouded in Antiquity mother Goddess A miniature painting of the Shari style, dating to the
eighteenth century. Shari and Raj put miniatures share many common features. Rajput painting, a style of Indian painting, evolved and flourished,
during the 18th century, in the royal courts of Rasputin, India. Each Raj put kingdom evolved a distinct style, but with certain common features. Raj
put paintings depict a number of themes, events of epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, Krishna's life, beautiful landscapes, and
humans. Miniatures were the preferred medium of Raj put painting, but several manuscripts also contain Raj put paintings, and paintings were
even done on the walls of palaces, inner chambers of the forts, have lies, particularly, the Havel's of Shekhawait. The colors extracted from certain
minerals, plant sources, conch shells, and were even derived by processing precious stones, gold and silver were used. The preparation of
desired colors was a lengthy process, sometimes taking weeks. Brushes used were very fine.[edit] Fugal painting fugal painting is a particular
style of Indian painting, generally confined to illustrations on the book and done in miniatures, and which emerged, developed and took shape
during the period of the Fugal Empire 16th -19th centuries).
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Every professional Home Painting contractor knows that for lasting sea front paint job, adequate preparation must be done to the abode before
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The establishment of classical Chinese landscape painting is accredited largely to the Eastern Jin Dynasty artist Gu Kaizhi (344 - 406 AD), one of
the most famous artists of Chinese history. Like the elongated scroll scenes of Kaizhi, Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 AD) Chinese artists like Wu Daozi
painted vivid and highly detailed artwork on long horizontal handscrolls (which were very popular during the Tang), such as his Eighty Seven
Celestial People. Painted artwork during the Tang period pertained the effects of an idealized landscape environment, with sparse amount of
objects, persons, or activity, as well as monochromatic in nature (example: the murals of Price Yide's tomb in the Qianling Mausoleum). There
were also figures such as early Tang-era painter Zhan Ziqian, who painted superb landscape painting that were well ahead of his day in portrayal
of realism. However, landscape art did not reach greater level of maturity and realism in general until the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms
period (907 - 960 AD). During this time, there were exceptional landscape painters like Dong Yuan (refer to this article for an example of his
artwork), and those who painted more vivid and realistic depictions of domestic scenes, like Gu Hongzhong and his Night Revels of Han Xizai.
During the Chinese Song Dynasty (960 - 1279 AD), not only landscape art was improved upon, but portrait painting became more standardized
and sophisticated than before (for example, refer to Emperor Huizong of Song), and reached its classical age maturity during the Ming Dynasty
(1368 - 1644 AD). During the late 13th century and first half of the 14th century, Chinese under the Mongol-controlled Yuan Dynasty were not
allowed to enter higher posts of government (reserved for Mongols or other ethnic groups from Central Asia), and the Imperial examination was
ceased for the time being. Many Confucian-educated Chinese who now lacked profession turned to the arts of painting and theatre instead, as
the Yuan period became one of the most vibrant and abundant eras for Chinese artwork. An example of such would be Qian Xuan (1305 AD), who
was an official of the Song Dynasty, but out of patriotism, refused to serve the Yuan court and dedicated himself to painting. Examples of superb
art from this period include the rich and detailed painted murals of the Yongle Palace, or Dachunyang Longevity Palace", of 1262 AD, a
UNESCO World Heritage site. Within the palace, Painting cover an area of more than 1000 square meters, and hold mostly Daoist themes. It was
during the Song Dynasty that painters would also gather in social clubs or meetings to discuss their art or others' artwork, the praising of which
often led to persuasions to trade and sell precious works of art. However, there were also many harsh critics of others art as well, showing the
difference in style and taste amongst different painters. In 1088 AD, the polymath scientist and statesman Shen Kuo once wrote of the artwork of
one Li Cheng, who he criticized as follows: Then there was Li Cheng, who when he depicted pavilions and lodges amidst mountains, storeyed
buildings, pagodas and the like, always used to paint the eaves as seen from below. His idea was that 'one should look upwards from
underneath, just as a man standing on level ground and looking up at the eaves of a pagoda can see its rafters and its cantilever eave rafters'.
This is all wrong. In general the proper way of painting a landscape is to see the small from the viewpoint of the large...just as one looks at
artificial mountains in gardens (as one walks about). If one applies (Li's method) to the painting of real mountains, looking up at them from below,
one can only see one profile at a time, and not the wealth of their multitudinous slopes and profiles, to say nothing of all that is going on in the
valleys and canyons, and in the lanes and courtyards with their dwellings and houses. If we stand to the east of a mountain its western parts
would be on the vanishing boundary of far-off distance, and vice-versa. Surely this could not be called a successful painting? Mr. Li did not
understand the principle of 'seeing the small from the viewpoint of the large'. He was certainly marvelous at diminishing accurately heights and
distances, but should one attach such importance to the angles and corners of buildings?
The history of painting reaches back in time to artifacts from per-historic humans, and spans all cultures, that represents a continuous, though
disrupted, tradition from Antiquity. Across cultures, and spanning continents and millennial, the history of painting is an ongoing river of creativity,
that continues into the 21st century. Until the early 20th century it relied primarily on representational, religious and classical motifs, after which
time more purely abstract and conceptual approaches gained favor. Developments in Eastern painting historically parallel those in Western
painting, in general, a few centuries earlier. African art, Islamic art, Indian art,Chinese art, and Japanese art each had significant influence on
Western art, and, eventually, vice-versa. The oldest known paintings are at the Grotto Chaucer in France, claimed by some historians to be about
32,000 years old. They are engraved and painted using red ochre and black pigment and show horses, rhinoceros, lions, buffalo, mammoth or
humans often hunting. There are examples of cave painting all over the world in France, India, Spain, Portugal, China, Australia etc. Various
conjectures have been made as to the meaning these painting had to the people that made them. Prehistoric men may have painted animals to
catch  their soul or spirit in order to hunt them more easily or the paintings may represent an animistic vision and homage to surrounding nature,
or they may be the result of a basic need of expression that is innate to human beings, or they could have been for the transmission of practical
information. In Paleolithic times, the representation of humans in cave paintings was rare. Mostly, animals were painted, not only animals that
were used as food but also animals that represented strength like the rhinoceros or large Filide, as in the Chaucer Cave. Signs like dots were
sometimes drawn. Rare human representations include hand prints and half-human / animal figures. The Chaucer Cave in the  Departments of
France contains the most important preserved cave painting of the Paleolithic era, painted around 31,000 BC. The Almira cave paintings in Spain
were done 14,000 to 12,000 BC and show, among others, bosons. The hall of bulls in Las aux, Forgone, France, is one of the best known cave
painting from about 15,000 to 10,000 coif there is meaning to the paintings, it remains unknown. The caves were not in an inhabited area, so they
may have been used for seasonal rituals. The animals are accompanied by signs which suggest a possible magic use. Arrow-like symbols in
Las aux are sometimes interpreted as calendar or almanac use. But the evidence remains inconclusive. The most important work of the
Mesolithic era were the marching warriors, a rock painting at Single de la Molar, Caste in, Spain dated to about 7000 to 4000 BC. The technique
used was probably spitting or blowing the pigments onto the rock. The paintings are quite naturalistic, though stylized. The figures are not
three-dimensional, even though they overlap the earliest known Indian paintings were the rock paintings of prehistoric times, the petroglyph's as
found in places like the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka,  and some of them are older than 5500 BC. Such works continued and after several
millennial, in the 7th century, carved pillars of Shanta, Maharashtra state present a fine example of Indian paintings, and the colors, mostly various
shades of red and orange, were derived from Mineralogist Asian painting china, Japan and Korea have a strong tradition in painting which is also
highly attached to the art of calligraphy and printmaking (so much that it is commonly seen as painting). Far east traditional painting is
characterized by water based techniques, less realism, elegant and stylized subjects, graphical approach to depiction, the importance of white
space (or negative space) and a preference for landscape (instead of human figure) as a subject. Beyond ink and color on silk or paper scrolls,
gold on lacquer was also a common medium in painted East Asian artwork. Although silk was a somewhat expensive medium to paint upon in
the past, the invention of paper during the 1st century AD by the Han court eunuch CAI Lean provided not only a cheap and widespread medium for
writing, but also a cheap and widespread medium for painting (making it more accessible to the public).The ideologies of Confucianism, Maoism,
and Buddhism played important roles in East Asian art. Medieval Song Dynasty painters such as Lin Tongue and his Logan Laundering  (housed
in the Smiths onion Freer Gallery of Art) of the 12th century are excellent examples of Buddhist ideas fused into classical Chinese artwork. In the
latter painting on silk (image and description provided in the link, bald-headed Buddhist Logan are depicted in a practical setting of washing
clothes by a river. However, the painting itself is visually stunning, with the Logan portrayed in rich detail and bright, opaque colors in contrast to a
hazy, brown, and bland wooded environment. Also, the tree tops are shrouded in swirling fog, providing the common negative space mentioned
above in East Asian Art the earliest (surviving) examples of Chinese painted artwork date to the Warring States Period (481 - 221 BC), with
paintings on silk or tomb murals on rock, brick, or stone. They were often in simplistic stylized format and in more-armless rudimentary geometric
patterns. They often depicted mythological creatures, domestic scenes, labor scenes, or palatial scenes filled with officials at court. Artwork during
this period and the subsequent Win Dynasty (221 - 207 BC) and Han Dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD) was made not as a means in and of itself or for
higher personal expression. Rather artwork was created to symbolize and honor funerary rights, representations of mythological deities or spirits
of ancestors, etc. Painting on silk of court officials and domestic scenes could be found during the Han Dynasty, along with scenes of men hunting
on horseback or partaking in military parade. There was also painting on three dimensional works of art on figurines and statues, such as the
original-painted colors covering the soldier and horse statues of the Terracotta Army. During the social and cultural climate of the ancient Eastern
Jin Dynasty (316 - 420 AD) based at Nanjing in the south, painting became one of the official pastimes of Confucian-taught bureaucratic officials
and aristocrats (along with music played by the guqin zither, writing fanciful calligraphy, and writing and reciting of poetry). Painting became a
common form of artistic self-expression, and during this period painters at court or amongst elite social circuits were judged and ranked by their
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