The genre of H. includes portrayals of historical events and religious, literary, mythological and allegorical narratives, and it has been known in Europe since Classical Antiquity. Thematic range varied over the centuries. During the Middle Ages, religious themes dominated, alongside the profane narratives (e.g. from ancient mythology) that proliferated during the Renaissance. In part because of the fragility of the medium, no paintings had survived from Greek or Roman Antiquity,…
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Ruby, Sigrid (Gießen),
“History painting”, in:
Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism
, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014).
Consulted online on 10 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004879>
First published online: 2015