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List of Famous History Paintings

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List of the most famous history painting paintings in the world, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The popular history painting paintings on this list are considered to be some of the most recognizable works of art on the planet, so save yourself a trip to the museum and check out this artwork from the comfort of your own home. history painting is an extremely important genre in the art world, so it's no surprise that some of the most recognizable fall under the history painting genre. You can find additional information about these well-known paintings by clicking on the names of the pieces.

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    The Adoration of the Magi is an early painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo was given the commission by the Augustinian monks of San Donato a Scopeto in Florence, but departed for Milan the following year, leaving the painting unfinished. It has been in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence since 1670....  more
    • Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
    • Subject: Biblical Magi, Adoration of the Magi
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
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    The Adoration of the Magi is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli, dating from 1475 or 1476. It is housed in the Uffizi of Florence. Botticelli was commissioned to paint at least seven versions of The Adoration of the Magi. The Adoration of the Magi theme was popular in the Renaissance Florence. The work was commissioned by Gaspare di Zanobi del Lama, a banker of humble origins and dubious morality connected to the House of Medici, for his chapel in the church of Santa Maria Novella. In the scene are present numerous characters among which are several members of the Medici family: Cosimo de' Medici, his sons Piero and Giovanni, and his grandsons Giuliano and...  more
    • Artist: Sandro Botticelli
    • Subject: Biblical Magi, Adoration of the Magi
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
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    The Allegory of Prudence is an oil painting attributed to the Italian artist Titian and his assistants. It is in the National Gallery, London. The painting portrays three human heads, each facing in a different direction, above three animal heads, depicting a wolf, a lion and a dog. The painting is usually interpreted as operating on a number of levels. At the first level, the different ages of the three human heads represent the "Three Ages of Man". The different directions in which they are facing reflect a second, wider concept of Time itself as having a past, present and future. This theme is repeated in the animal heads which, according to some traditions, are associated with those...  more
    • Artist: Titian
    • Subject: Prudence
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
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    Amor Vincit Omnia is a painting by the Italian early realist / post-Mannerist artist Caravaggio. Amor Vincit Omnia shows Amor, the Roman Cupid, wearing dark eagle wings, half-sitting on or perhaps climbing down from what appears to be a table. Scattered around are the emblems of all human endeavours – violin and lute, armour, coronet, square and compasses, pen and manuscript, bay leaves, and flower, tangled and trampled under Cupid’s foot. The painting illustrates the line from Virgil's Eclogues X.69, Omnia vincit amor et nos cedamus amori. A musical manuscript on the floor shows a large "V". It has therefore been suggested also that the picture is a coded reference to the attainments of...  more
    • Artist: Caravaggio
    • Subject: Cupid
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
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