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Genre painting

Genre painting

Author: Erin Aldana
This lesson will analyze some examples of paintings of Dutch interiors.
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Notes on "Genre Painting"

Key Terms

Genre paintings

Images in any various media that represent scenes or events from everyday life such as domestic settings, interiors, parties, inn scenes, or street scenes.


A symbolic narrative; a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through material forms

Camera obscura

An early device with a hole in one end of an enclosed box or room that projects an image of its surroundings onto a flat screen or surface


The use of sarcasm, ridicule emphasizing weakness more than the weak person, denouncing vice and folly and implying moral judgment

Image Credits

The Money Changer and his Wife, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Quentin_Massys_001.jpg, Hunters in the Snow, Creative Commons http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder_-_Hunters_in_the_Snow_(Winter)_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg, The Letter; Public Domain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Love_Letter_Vermeer.jpg, Art of Painting; Public Domain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jan_Vermeer_van_Delft_011.jpg, Feast of St Nicholas; Public Domain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jan_Steen_-_Het_Sint_Nicolaasfeest.jpg, Jan Steen Self-Portrait, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1670_Jan_Havicksz._Steen_-_zelfportret.jpg