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Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface (called the "matrix" or "support"). The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush, but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used.

In art, the term painting describes both the act and the result of the action (the final work is called "a painting"). The support for paintings includes such surfaces as walls, paper, canvas, wood, glass, lacquer, pottery, leaf, copper and concrete, and the painting may incorporate multiple other materials, including sand, clay, paper, plaster, gold leaf, and even whole objects.

Painting is an important form in the visual arts, bringing in elements such as drawing, composition, gesture (as in gestural painting), narration (as in narrative art), and abstraction (as in abstract art). Paintings can be naturalistic and representational (as in still life and 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. Examples of this kind of painting range from artwork depicting mythological figures on pottery, to Biblical scenes on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, to scenes from the life of Buddha (or other images of Eastern religious origin).

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Wood on the Downs: painting, Paul Nash 1889 - 1946

Wood on the Downs: painting, Paul Nash 1889 - 1946

Artist: Paul Nash(11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946)

[Dining Room, Theodore Newton Law Residence]

[Dining Room, Theodore Newton Law Residence]

Title: [Dining Room, Theodore Newton Law Residence]..Creator: Richie, Robert Yarnall, 1908-1984..Date: October 30, 1965..Place: Houston, Texas..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie photograph collection..Physical Des... More

[Library, Theodore Newton Law Residence]

[Library, Theodore Newton Law Residence]

Title: [Library, Theodore Newton Law Residence]..Creator: Richie, Robert Yarnall, 1908-1984..Date: October 30, 1965..Place: Houston, Texas..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie photograph collection..Physical Descrip... More

[Master's Sitting Room, Theodore Newton Law Residence]

[Master's Sitting Room, Theodore Newton Law Residence]

Title: [Master's Sitting Room, Theodore Newton Law Residence]..Creator: Richie, Robert Yarnall, 1908-1984..Date: October 30, 1965..Place: Houston, Texas..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie photograph collection..Ph... More

[Morning Room, Theodore Newton Law Residence, Houston]

[Morning Room, Theodore Newton Law Residence, Houston]

Title: [Morning Room, Theodore Newton Law Residence, Houston]..Creator: Richie, Robert Yarnall, 1908-1984..Date: October 30, 1965..Place: Houston, Texas..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie photograph collection..Ph... More

[Master Bedroom, Theodore Newton Law Residence]

[Master Bedroom, Theodore Newton Law Residence]

Title: [Master Bedroom, Theodore Newton Law Residence]..Creator: Richie, Robert Yarnall, 1908-1984..Date: October 30, 1965..Place: Houston, Texas..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie photograph collection..Physical ... More

Wall painting fragment, Roman Empire
Palette for painting of Vizier Amenemopet
Wall painting fragment, Roman Empire

Wall painting fragment, Roman Empire

On black ground; head of a bird in white, green plant on green groundline.

Fragment of wall painting from the Tomb of Sebekhotep

Fragment of wall painting from the Tomb of Sebekhotep

From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Sebekhotep (TT 63) New Kingdom

Wall painting on red ground: candelabrum with frieze, from the imperial villa at Boscotrecase

Wall painting on red ground: candelabrum with frieze, from the imperia...

From the villa of Agrippa Postumus at Boscotrecase, the Mythological Room (19)Red panel with candelabrum Augustan

Wall painting fragment, Roman Empire

Wall painting fragment, Roman Empire

On black ground; Acephalic Hippocamp to right.

Wall painting fragment with winged figure

Wall painting fragment with winged figure

Winged figure in chiton, holding a fillet. Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian

Wall painting on black ground: Aedicula with small landscape, from the imperial villa at Boscotrecase

Wall painting on black ground: Aedicula with small landscape, from the...

On black ground, in center, a religious ceremony taking place before a tower. In foreground, a pair of slim columns supporting ornate pediment. Above each column, portrait enclosed in medallion. Left portrait ... More

Wall Painting fragment, New Kingdom, Egypt, 1550  -1070 BC

Wall Painting fragment, New Kingdom, Egypt, 1550 -1070 BC

From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes New Kingdom

Wall painting fragment with Gorgon mask

Wall painting fragment with Gorgon mask

Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian

Conference of Six States in the Warring States Period (ca. 481–221 B.C.)
Wall painting fragment, Roman Empire

Wall painting fragment, Roman Empire

On red ground with white palmette.

Wall painting fragment, Roman Empire
Model of spinning bowl, Egypt, Middle Kingdom, 2040 – 1640 BC

Model of spinning bowl, Egypt, Middle Kingdom, 2040 – 1640 BC

From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, Tomb of Nakht (493), south cemetery, Pit 428 North chamber, MMA excavations, 1913–14 Middle Kingdom

Coffin panel with painting of a bier

Coffin panel with painting of a bier

From Egypt, Western Desert; Kharga Oasis, el-Deir, Roman Cemetery Roman Period

Painted limestone funerary slab with a man controlling a rearing horse

Painted limestone funerary slab with a man controlling a rearing horse

During the Ptolemaic period a distinctive type of subterranean tomb for multiple burials proliferated in the cemeteries around the city of Alexandria. Underground chambers cut into the living rock radiated from... More

Wall painting fragment, Roman Empire

Wall painting fragment, Roman Empire

On yellow ground; figure of Genius in red facing left, making a libation. Early Imperial

Fragment of a Doorjamb from the Tomb of Djehutynefer

Fragment of a Doorjamb from the Tomb of Djehutynefer

From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes; Probably from Dra Abu el-Naga, Tomb of Djehutynefer (A6) New Kingdom

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