For centuries, paintings – next to literature – were the only way to capture and document historical events, landscapes or people. Up to today, our understanding of what Jesus looked like, how battles were fought a few hundred years ago, how kings were crowned or what ancient cities looked like is probably based on paintings and other pieces of art. When photography was invented in the late 18th century, way more moments were captured. Not only historical ones, but scenes from daily life and pictures of ordinary families survived the years and can still be admired today. While many painters probably became unemployed, the camera surely encouraged artists in other media to become more abstract and more creative. However, some of the core domains of painters, like the portraying of rulers and presidents stayed almost unchanged. Up until now, the official portrait of the US President is painted in oil.
Although the lines look like they have been traced with a brush, it is not a painting what you see in this post. It is quick shot I took out of the plane during landing at Munich Airport (Germany).