Built upon the traditions of drawing and sculpture, the grand objective of classical painting throughout the ages was not to faithfully replicate nature, but to intelligently translate it. 
Classical painting is governed by artistic intelligence and intent, a process of purposeful emphasis and insightful filtering, adapted to the limitations of two-dimensions and the parameters of the material qualities of paint. 
In contrast to 'photo-realism', the intent of the great masters was fidelity to the essence and feeling of nature through qualitative rather than quantitative “veritas” (truthfulness).
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