This theme represents paintings throughout the ages. These images show how paint helped convey the thoughts and advancements of people of different time periods. Through this, the viewer can see how civilization has advanced and societies refined their techniques to make this visual medium fit the time period and the people, places, or events that took place.

This is one of many rock art paintings and etchings in Djulirri, northern Australia where they used beeswax and multiple colors found in the local area to depict many events to later include England ships. It dates very far back making it one of the oldest paintings. The horseshoe shape rocks that these can be found on shows the progression of time making this a perfect example or time.
Created in the second or third century, this is very similar to the previous rock wall art. This rock surfaced painting shows progression of how better paint was made and figures of the subjects progressed as the centuries passed.
This is one of the earlier paintings representing the Israelites' battle with Sennacherib in what is now known as Iraq. It depics an angel smiting enemies and two sons betraying their father by stabbing him in the back. It is one of the first paintings I've found showing shape and depth, as well as structures and finer detail within the characters.
There is not much detail about this painting other than the fact that it was made on fir wood, which would be another progression in time as it is now on a more portable surface than stone as the previous pieces have been. There is also a progression of cloth and facial clarity on the characters.
This painting, as the name says, shows the Venetians conquering Padua. It's certainly not the first battle portrayed, bit the amount of detail in a massive step from the piece we saw in the 1300's. The color is vastly improved and there is even a strong emphasis on lighting now.
Le Repos dans le parc is one of the first pieces I could find that focuses more on the culture of it's time period. Here we see people in many different clothes resting in a park and interacting normally as they might in the early 1700's. More emphasis has been put on the fabric and there is now an attempt at a sky with clouds.
This piece, made in the late 1800's further expands on it's predecessors by adding shades of color motivated by the light and time of day to color the sky and river different colors. It also gives us insight into what ships in this time period looked like, helping us to separate it from other pieces.
This painting is a mix of print and drawing, almost taking the a bit of the method of cross-hatching from the 1600's (not shown as it was not actually a painting). This painting expands on it by giving it color that supports the ominous feeling that goes with the depressing feeling of being a farmer in this time period in Germany.
There is no description on this piece, but I remembered the story behind this. In this piece a black male has just died after proving that man cannot be beaten by machine. During a time when a new machine was made to lay down and nail railroad tracks at a faster speed, the man collapsed in this painting wanted to prove that humans were not obsolete so that people wouldn't lose their jobs to a machine. It is a big statement in a time when technology was starting to advance quickly in many areas. The detail in the painting wasn't that high quality, it was more of a style of that time.
Finally, I think this painting shows the advancement of time the best. What started as cave paintings of animals is now a mixture of animals and human limbs, mixed with an industrial theme that emphasizes how far we've come, all shown on this building-side painting. Even the story behind it of the artist collaborating using Google Hangouts shows just how far we've come in being able to communicate to display our art on massive structures, instead of just caves.
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