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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

Wood on the Downs

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

[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

[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

[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

Wall painting fragment

Floral decoration.

Wall painting fragment

Wall painting fragment

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

Wall painting fragment

Wall painting fragment

On black ground; Acephalic Hippocamp to right.

Wall painting fragment

Wall painting fragment

On red ground with white palmette.

Wall painting fragment

Wall painting fragment

Floral decoration.

Wall painting fragment

Wall painting fragment

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

Wall painting fragment

Wall painting fragment

On yellow ground; plant stalk in sepia with tendrils; white calyx below.

Wall painting fragment

Wall painting fragment

On black ground; blue rosettes with white highlights; yellow tendrils between rosettes.

Wall painting fragment

Wall painting fragment

On black ground; two birds in flowering acanthus plant; flowers in vine.

Wall painting fragment

Wall painting fragment

On yellow ground; frontal winged figure in red with left hand grasping vine.

Wall painting

Wall painting

Northern Wei dynasty (386–534)

Manuscript Leaf Fragment

Manuscript Leaf Fragment

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Manuscript Leaf Fragment

Manuscript Leaf Fragment

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Manuscript Leaf Fragment

Manuscript Leaf Fragment

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Manuscript Leaves Fragment

Manuscript Leaves Fragment

Made in Byzantine Egypt

Buddha
Manuscript Leaves from an Arabic Manuscript
Attendant