Genre painting

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The genre painting can not be assigned to any specific epoch. Much more since ancient times she has been wandering the world of painting. Genre painting includes images of everyday scenes depicting life at the given time. The figures in the pictures are unknown people, which underlines the contrast to portait painting, which usually affects more or less famous people. Examples of genre painting can be found on antique vessels, as well as frescoes from Pompeii. It can be hunting scenes, dances or military conflicts between two or more anonymous soldiers. From the Middle Ages, genre painting, also called morality, changed from a mere image to paintings with moral meanings. Thus, peasants often find themselves in scenes that at the time were considered reprehensible: drunk in taverns, in tangible arguments or even in immoral situations with other people. By contrast, genre painting in the bourgeoisie developed into showing the virtues. Hard-working girls and women who take care of animals and children can be found just as often as well-dressed gentlemen on elegantly laid tables. Paintings from genre painting are always regarded as cultural historical evidence for life in different eras. By means of devices, machines and instruments the progress is recognizable. In the foreground are not so much the individual figures; rather, it is the entire image that reflects everyday life. With Pieter Bruegel d. Ä. and Jan Vermeer as well as Ludwig Knaus and Johann Peter Hasenclever have the genre painting some famous representatives.



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