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British Painting

provides a brief history of painting in Britain during the 18th and 19th centuries, when English artists began developing their own styles in marine, allegorical, and landscape painting. Paintings are organized in "online tours" of British conversation pieces and portraits, landscapes of Constable and Turner, the Royal Academy of Art, British and American grand manner portraits, and British and American history paintings. (National Gallery of Art)

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Interesting Fact:

Sophisticated Europeans from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries deemed "history painting" to be the supreme achievement in the visual arts. In addition to imaginatively re-creating actual events from the past, history paintings also illustrated heroic or moralizing episodes from religion, mythology, and literature.
Joseph Mallord William Turner [British, 1775 - 1851], 'Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore,' 1834. Oil on canvas, 91.5 x 122 cm (36 x 48 in.) Widener Collection.

Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore


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