The history of Western painting represents a continuous, though lucian Freud : Large Interior W11 (After Watteau) PDF, tradition from antiquity until the present time. Initially serving imperial, private, civic, and religious patronage, Western painting later found audiences in the aristocracy and the middle class.
From the Middle Ages through the Renaissance painters worked for the church and a wealthy aristocracy. Pictographs from the Great Gallery, Canyonlands National Park, Horseshoe Canyon, Utah, c. Santa Cruz province in Argentina, c. The history of painting reaches back in time to artifacts from pre-historic artists, and spans all cultures. The oldest known paintings are at the Grotte Chauvet in France, claimed by some historians to be about 32,000 years old. Sennedjem plows his fields with a pair of oxen, c. Ancient Egypt,The Goddess Isis, wall painting, c.
Pitsa panels, one of the few surviving panel paintings from Archaic Greece, c. Roman art, Pompeii, Villa of the Mysteries, c. Roman art, Villa Boscoreale frescos, c. Banquet scene, fresco, Herculaneum, Italy, c.