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British and American History Paintings of the 1700s

feature works that imaginatively re-create historical events. "History paintings" also illustrated heroic or moralizing episodes from religion, mythology, and literature. In depicting significant events that appealed to the conscience, history painting earned its reputation as a demanding and rewarding form of art—both for the creator and the viewer. (National Gallery of Art)

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Joseph Wright, British, 1734 - 1797.  'The Corinthian Maid,' 1782-1784, oil on canvas, 106.3 x 130.8 cm (41 7/8 x 51 1/2 in.)  Paul Mellon Collection -- 1983.1.46

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