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Painting is applying an artistic design to a surface with a pigmented coating. The commonest substrates are specially prepared wooden panels (panel painting) and textiles (usually stretched), walls and ceilings in architectural spaces, occasionally also parchment and paper (especially in book illustration), more rarely metal or stone (Wall painting). Painting also plays an important part in many fields of crafts. Adding color to a sculpture by p…

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Rehm, Ulrich, “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 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023624>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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