The Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, is one of the most recognizable paintings in the world. The oldest known painting, an artistic depiction of a group of Rhinos, was completed in the Chauvet Cave finger painting for children 3 4,000 to 32,000 years ago. Painting is a mode of creative expression, and can be done in numerous forms. A portion of the history of painting in both Eastern and Western art is dominated by spiritual motifs and ideas.
In art, the term painting describes both the act and the result of the action. This section does not cite any sources. This section may be too technical for most readers to understand. Please help improve it to make it understandable to non-experts, without removing the technical details. Color and tone are the essence of painting as pitch and rhythm are the essence of music.
Color is highly subjective, but has observable psychological effects, although these can differ from one culture to the next. Moreover, the use of language is only an abstraction for a color equivalent. The word “red”, for example, can cover a wide range of variations from the pure red of the visible spectrum of light. Shows a pointillist painting of a trombone soloist. Modern artists have extended the practice of painting considerably to include, as one example, collage, which began with Cubism and is not painting in the strict sense.