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Historical painting
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1. Beginnings; Leon Battista Alberti

Historical painting is the artistic reproduction of a significant event. This can generally include material from history, religion, literature, or mythology, or it can be an allegorical representation [11]. In the second book of his treatise on painting Della pittura (1435/36), the founder of early modern art theory, Leon Bat…

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Kirchner, Thomas, “Historical painting”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020954>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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