Art Genres 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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A Fantastic Cave with Odysseus... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous History Paintings
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A Fantastic Cave with Odysseus and Calypso (c. 1616) is a painting by Flemish artist Jan Brueghel the Elder. ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Jan Brueghel the Elder

Subject: Odysseus, Calypso, Ogygia

Genres (Art): History painting

Art Form: Painting

Period / Movement: Baroque

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A Philosopher Lecturing on the... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous History Paintings
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A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery

A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery, or the full title, A Philosopher giving a Lecture on the Orrery in which a lamp is put in place of the Sun, is a painting by Joseph Wright of Derby depicting a lecturer giving a demonstration of an orrery to a small audience. The painting preceded his similar An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump. The first of Wright's candlelit masterpieces, Three Persons Viewing the Gladiator by Candlelight, was painted in 1765, and showed three men studying a small copy of the "Borghese Gladiator". The Gladiator was greatly admired; but his next painting, The Orrery, caused a greater stir, as it replaced the Classical subject at the centre of the scene with one of ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Joseph Wright of Derby

Genres (Art): History painting

Art Form: Painting

A Private View at the Royal Ac... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous History Paintings
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A Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881

A Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881 is a painting by the English artist William Powell Frith exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1883. It depicts a group of distinguished Victorians visiting the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1881, just after the death of the Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, whose portrait by John Everett Millais was included on a screen at the special request of Queen Victoria. The room is Gallery III, the largest and most imposing room at Burlington House. Frith worked on the painting through much of 1881 and 1882. He later said in My Autobiography and Reminiscences, published in 1887, that "Beyond the desire of recording for posterity the ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: William Powell Frith

Subject: Aestheticism, Philip Hermogenes Calderon, Thomas Huxley, George Augustus Henry Sala, William Thomson, + more

Genres (Art): History painting

Art Form: Painting

Achilles Discovered among the ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous History Paintings
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"Achilles Discovered among the Daughters of Lycomedes" (c. 1685) is a painting by Dutch artist Gerard de Lairesse. ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Gerard de Lairesse

Subject: Achilles

Genres (Art): History painting

Art Form: Painting

Period / Movement: Classicism

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