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The Mona Lisa is perhaps the best-known artistic painting in the Western world.

Painting is the practice of applying pigment suspended in a carrier (or medium) and a binding agent (a glue) to a surface (support) such as paper, canvas or a wall. This is done by a painter; this term is used especially if this is his or her profession. Humans have been painting for about 6 times as long as they have been using written language. Artistic painting is considered by many to be among the most important of the art forms.

Drawing, by comparison, is the process of making marks on a surface by applying pressure from or moving a tool on the surface.


History of painting

Main article: History of Painting

The oldest known paintings are at the Grotte Chauvet in France, dated at about 32,000 years old. They are engraved and painted using red ochre and black pigment and show horses, rhinoceros, lions, buffalo, and mammoth. There are examples of cave painting all over the world.

See also Art history.

Painting techniques

Painting techniques include:

Painting supports

Painting media

The medium is the vehicle that the pigment is suspended or embedded in. There is a certain amount of overlap in painting with media usually used in drawing as well.

Examples include:

Popular painting styles

'Style' is used in two senses:

Individual style can refer to the distinctive visual elements, techniques and methods that typify a single mature artist's work. 'Style' can also refer to the movement or school that an artist is associated with. Additionally, this can stem from an actual group that the artist was consciously involved with or it can be a category in which art historians have placed the painter.

The word 'style' has fallen out of favour in discussions about contemporary painting, though it continues to be used in popular contexts.

Painting styles

Common painting idioms

Painting idioms include:

A proposed and yet-unrealised development in painting is four dimensional painting.

List of painters

Here is a growing list of painters too big for this page, see also Category:Painters.

Shortcuts to highly popular painters:

See also

External links

Art-related sites:

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