most history paintings were expected to present one or more heroic figures, often depicted nude, so anatomy and life drawing were an essen- tial part of a history painter’s education. Finally, history paintings are often set in real or imagined towns, on battle- fields, or in other landscapes, and thus required the ability to execute works in that genre as well.
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