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  • Painting


    The Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, is one of the most recognizable paintings in the world. The oldest known figurative painting is a depiction of a bull discovered in the Lubang Jeriji Saléh cave, painted 40,000 years ago or earlier. An artistic depiction of a group of Rhinos, was completed in the Chauvet Cave 30,000 to 32,000 years ago.Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface (support base). The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush, but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used. The final work is also called a painting. Painting is an important form in the visual arts, bringing in elements such as drawing, gesture (as in gestural painting), composition, narration (as in narrative art), or abstraction (as in abstract art). Paintings can be naturalistic and representational (as in a still life or landscape painting), photographic, abstract, narrative, symbolistic (as in Symbolist art), emotive (as in Expressionism), or political in nature (as in Artivism). A portion of the history of painting in both Eastern and Western art is dominated by religious art.

  • List of artists in the Web Gallery of Art


  • List of stolen paintings


    List of famous stolen paintings are valuable paintings that have been stolen and gained publicity. The paintings listed are from masters of Western art which are valued in millions of dollars. For a list of most expensive paintings, see List of most expensive paintings.

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