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Historical Painting: Ancient Battles and Political Allegories

The genre of history painting encompasses the depiction of historical events as well as the illustration of myths, legends, and poems. The oldest evidence of this art form is a painting by the Greek Philoxenos of Eretria, depicting the Battle of Issus. It served as a model for a mosaic 400 years later, where the facts of the event merged with the resulting legend - an approach that also reflects the early works of Christian art. It was only during the Renaissance that real incidents dominated history painting again, such as Albrecht Altdorfer's depiction of the aforementioned Battle of Alexander. Other highlights of this genre include the 21-piece "Medici Cycle" by the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens and Diego Velazquez's painting "Surrender of Breda," planned as a propaganda piece. The paintings of the French court painter Jacques-Louis David demonstrate how much history painting resembles a reflection of society and its values: While he created numerous homages to the culture of the Roman Empire until the French Revolution, immediately afterward, he turned to the political events in his country. His oil painting "Bonaparte Crossing the Alps at the Great St Bernard Pass" is perhaps the most famous depiction of Napoleon. It found its way into Sir John Everett Millais' work "The Black Brunswicker," whose world-famous painting "Ophelia" caters to the "legendary" side of history painting. Among his contemporaries, Edouard Manet, Ilya Repin, Adolf von Menzel, Ferdinand Hodler, and Francisco de Goya stand out as significant representatives of the genre, with the latter differing from his colleagues with noticeably critical undertones. In the 20th century, Pablo Picasso's oil painting "Guernica" and Werner Tübke's peasant war panorama about the "Early Bourgeois Revolution in Germany" lent two equally contrasting and extraordinary works of history painting.
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  1. Adam and EveAdam and Eve
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  2. SalomeSalome
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  3. Napoleon crosses the AlpsNapoleon crosses the Alps
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  4. Return of the BucintoroReturn of the Bucintoro
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  5. Barge Haulers on the VolgaBarge Haulers on the Volga
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  6. Unknown titleUnknown title
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  7. Liberty Leading the PeopleLiberty Leading the People
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  8. Concert of Frederick the Great at SanssouciConcert of Frederick the Great at Sanssouci
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  9. Reply of the Zaporozhian CossacksReply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks
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  10. The return of the Bucintoro on Ascension DayThe return of the Bucintoro on Ascension Day
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  11. Carnival in VeniceCarnival in Venice
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  12. At the PortAt the Port
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  13. The winery festivalThe winery festival
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  14. Las MeninasLas Meninas
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  15. San Antonio AbadSan Antonio Abad
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  16. Pollice versoPollice verso
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  17. The Battle of TrafalgarThe Battle of Trafalgar
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  18. 43 Torpedo Stander Z Hamburg43 Torpedo Stander Z Hamburg
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  19. The Night WatchThe Night Watch
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  20. Volga boatmenVolga boatmen
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  21. On the morning of the executionOn the morning of the execution
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  22. On the morning of the executionOn the morning of the execution
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  23. The ballThe ball
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  24. The Last SupperThe Last Supper
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  25. Liberty Leading the PeopleLiberty Leading the People
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  26. Corpus Christi Procession in HofgasteinCorpus Christi Procession in Hofgastein
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  27. Victory and deathVictory and death
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  28. Ceremonial sitting of the state councilCeremonial sitting of the state council
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  29. The rebellionThe rebellion
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  30. Bonaparte in CairoBonaparte in Cairo
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  31. Emperor CharlemagneEmperor Charlemagne
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  32. Jewish quarter in AmsterdamJewish quarter in Amsterdam
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  33. Gallery of Archduke LeopoldGallery of Archduke Leopold
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  34. The lanceThe lance
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  35. The move in the Doge's PalaceThe move in the Doge's Palace
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  36. BattleshipBattleship
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  37. Unknown titleUnknown title
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  38. Baptism in KansasBaptism in Kansas
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  39. Belle Epoque in ParisBelle Epoque in Paris
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  40. Pilgrims go to MeccaPilgrims go to Mecca
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  41. The march to FinchleyThe march to Finchley
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  42. The School of AthensThe School of Athens
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  43. Steel Rolling MillSteel Rolling Mill
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  44. Three sentenced to deathThree sentenced to death
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  45. The education of MaryThe education of Mary
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  46. The Death of SardanapalusThe Death of Sardanapalus
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  47. Venice - The Fellowship of the BucentaurusVenice - The Fellowship of the Bucentaurus
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  48. HungerHunger
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  49. The Flagellation of our LordThe Flagellation of our Lord
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  50. Arrival in SaarbrueckenArrival in Saarbruecken
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  51. Congress in BerlinCongress in Berlin
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  52. The Red PrinceThe Red Prince
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  53. The unveilingThe unveiling
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  54. The opening of the ReichstagThe opening of the Reichstag
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  55. The Valmy battleThe Valmy battle
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  56. The raidThe raid
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  57. Valmy battleValmy battle
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  58. RomeRome
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  59. The discovery of MosesThe discovery of Moses
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  60. The storming of the islandThe storming of the island
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