From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
A fictional painting or an imaginary painting is a painting which exists in a fictitious world. It may also refer to paintings or drawings that depict fictitious worlds. This page functions as a placeholder for various links.
Examples of paintings that only exist in a fictitious world
In Interpretazioni veneziane, Michelangelo Muraro and David Rosand state that:
- Certainly the imagery that Aretino describes at the beginning of the Passion carries conviction. ... has stimulated commentators to suggest that Aretino is describing an imaginary painting by Titian or Tintoretto. ...
- Brush with Fate (2003), a a made-for-TV film. which follows the life of an imaginary painting by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.
Paintings that depict imaginary, fictitious worlds and creatures
- "But if it so happens ... a work ... under pain of otherwise becoming shameful or false, requires fantasy ... [and that] certain limbs or elements of a figure are altered by borrowing from other species, for example transforming into a dolphin the hinder end of a griffon or a stag ... these alterations will be excellent and the substitution, however unreal it may seem, deserves to be declared a fine invention in the genre of the monstrous.
- When a painter introduces into this kind of work of art chimerae and other imaginary beings in order to divert and entertain the senses and also to captivate the eyes of mortals who long to see unclassified and impossible things, he shows himself more respectful of reason than if he produced the usual figures of men or of animals." --tr. from Monsters of Our Own Making: The Peculiar Pleasures of Fear by Marina Warner.
The practice should be contrasted with realism (visual arts).
- Fact and fiction
- Fictional book
- Fancy portrait
- Historical landscape
- Imaginary museum