Western painting began in ancient Greece, ancient Rome, developed with other arts such as sculpture, music, dancing etc. .It is inseparable with human life .
In the long Middle Ages, the art of painting exists as a religion. Western painting, showing the human spirit with the times and the characteristics of the development of synchronous operation, the performance of the artist look natural, social, and held their own thinking point of view, the natural and social performance revealed by subjective emotions.
Therefore,when you read the historical development of Western painting, it also actually read the developing history of human spirit and cultural .