Paintings by the Old Masters tell stories of war and peace, kings and beggars, life in the countryside and in the city. We can identify shifts of artistic epoch through new subject matter being introduced and popularized in emerging works. Beginning with the biblical scenes of the Middle Ages (800-1000AD) we see a shift to a rediscovery of the ancient world in the Roman and Gothic art of the Renaissance (15th century). Depictions of royal societies in a baroque pleasure garden begin to emerge in the 16th century. We are lead finally to delightful scenes of daily life in the Romantic period and to the first social-critical painting of realism at the end of the 19th century. At various points throughout history Spanish, Italian, Dutch, British and German cities have been the leading art centres for the Old Masters.
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