The historical genre in visual art
suggests depicting scenes from the
past and the present, which do not
have to be historically accurate. Events
and characters created by the artists of
the historical genre may well exist
only in their imagination, or their
images can be inspired by folklore.
After all, mythological, religious and
fantasy heroes and themes also belong
to this genre.
Artworks of the historical genre
include paintings, sculptures,
drawings, murals, relief sculpture,
miniatures of relevant content. They
can depict events or characters, which
are of historical importance for a
community, city, region, country, and
The historical genre stems from the
art of ancient Egypt. One of the first
artworks in the historical genre was
the stone palette of Pharaoh Narmer,
which dates back to the IV thousand
BC. It depicts scenes of the victory of
Upper Egypt over Lower Egypt.
It was a memorable historical event for
ancient Egyptians, which gave rise to
the development of the ancient
Among the survived reliefs and
frescoes of ancient Egypt, Assyria,
Babylon and India there are artworks
in this genre. Its later examples are
among the artworks of the
monumental art of Greece and Rome,
Byzantine and Western European
miniatures, paintings and frescoes of
However, as a separate genre of
painting, the historical genre
appeared in the XVIII-XIX centuries.
Artists began to depict life and
customs of their ancestors.