Narrative - Wikipedia

List of the most famous narrative art paintings in the world, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The popular narrative art 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. narrative art is an extremely important genre in the art world, so it's no surprise that some of the most recognizable fall under the narrative art genre. You can find additional information about these well-known paintings by clicking on the names of the pieces.

The obvious physical impossibility of the scene may strike us as comical or crude. How can Mary with her son, Jesus, be in two places at the same time? The answer is that during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the repetition of figures was a readily understood and entirely acceptable artistic convention for signaling movement from one moment in time to another and one narrative event to another. According to the fifteenth-century Florentine artist Lorenzo Ghiberti , viewers perceive movement and the passage

of time when our eyes see the same object in two different positions: “Vision comprehends movement by perceiving the moving object in two different positions, in two different moments between which is a perceptible amount of time.” 9 So it is in Jacopino’s painting that although neither of the two representations of Mary and Jesus conveys a sense of movement when examined individually, their appearance in two different places (and in two different poses) indicates that they have moved through time.

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List of the most famous narrative art paintings in the world, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The popular narrative art 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. narrative art is an extremely important genre in the art world, so it's no surprise that some of the most recognizable fall under the narrative art genre. You can find additional information about these well-known paintings by clicking on the names of the pieces.

 
 
 
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