Picture vs. Painting

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Picture and Painting is that the Picture is a artifact that depicts or records visual perception and Painting is a practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface.

  • Picture

    An image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that has a similar appearance to some subject—usually a physical object or a person, thus providing a depiction of it. In context of image signal processing, an image is a distributed amplitude of color(s).

  • Painting

    Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface (called the “matrix” or “support”). The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush, but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used. The final work is also called a painting.

    Painting is an important form in the visual arts, bringing in elements such as drawing, gesture (as in gestural painting), composition, narration (as in narrative art), or abstraction (as in abstract art). Paintings can be naturalistic and representational (as in a still life or landscape painting), photographic, abstract, narrative, symbolistic (as in Symbolist art), emotive (as in Expressionism), or political in nature (as in Artivism).

    A portion of the history of painting in both Eastern and Western art is dominated by religious art. Examples of this kind of painting range from artwork depicting mythological figures on pottery, to Biblical scenes Sistine Chapel ceiling, to scenes from the life of Buddha or other images of Eastern religious origin.

    In art, the term painting describes both the act and the result of the action. The support for paintings includes such surfaces as walls, paper, canvas, wood, glass, lacquer, pottery, leaf, copper and concrete, and the painting may incorporate multiple other materials including sand, clay, paper, plaster, gold leaf, as well as objects.

  • Picture (noun)

    A representation of anything (as a person, a landscape, a building) upon canvas, paper, or other surface, by drawing, painting, printing, photography, etc.

  • Picture (noun)

    An image; a representation as in the imagination.

  • Picture (noun)

    A painting.

    “There was a picture hanging above the fireplace.”

  • Picture (noun)

    A photograph.

    “I took a picture of the church.”

  • Picture (noun)

    A motion picture.

    “Casablanca is my all-time favorite picture.”

  • Picture (noun)

    Cinema as a form of entertainment.

    “Let’s go to the pictures.”

  • Picture (noun)

    A paragon, a perfect example or specimen (of a category).

    “She’s the very picture of health.”

  • Picture (noun)

    An attractive sight.

    “The garden is a real picture at this time of year.”

  • Picture (noun)

    The art of painting; representation by painting.

  • Picture (noun)

    A figure; a model.

  • Picture (noun)


    “The employment picture for the older middle class is not so good.”

    “You can’t just look at the election, you’ve got to look at the big picture.””

  • Picture (verb)

    To represent in or with a picture.

  • Picture (verb)

    To imagine or envision.

  • Picture (verb)

    To depict.

  • Painting (verb)

    present participle of paint

  • Painting (noun)

    An illustration or artwork done with the use of paint.

    “The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings.”

  • Painting (noun)

    The action of applying paint to a surface.

    “The outside of the old house would benefit from some painting.”

  • Painting (noun)

    The same activity as an art form.

    “Some artists, like Michelangelo, excel in both painting and sculpture.”


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