War as a Genre. A Look into Painting

  • Isabella Pezzini


Since antiquity, war, and in particular its crucial event, battle, have also been considered a spectacle:
memorial and celebratory, in memory of the blood cost to one’s history/identity; one’s valor; the pride of one’s
lineage. Or an illustrative-educational spectacle useful to fix the crucial moments of a past or forthcoming battle,
to illustrate historical, mythological and biblical episodes, to train in the art of war and prepare future fighters and
keep their readiness and courage alive. Observing the spread of genre painting on this subject confirms this, helps
us to distinguish the recurring traits of a crystallization of the event, distributed in recognizable elements, of its
formal grammar progressively disengaged from the actual events of arms, and characterized by a strong character
of decoration and ornamentation, however alienating this may appear to our sensibility. The occasion of this essay
is also useful for a broader reflection on the concept of genre in painting, sub specie semiotics.

How to Cite
Pezzini, I. (2024). War as a Genre. A Look into Painting. E|C, (40), 7-20. Retrieved from https://mimesisjournals.com/ojs/index.php/ec/article/view/4055
Immagini di battaglia