Narrative

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Any account of a series of related events or experiences, whether nonfictional or fictional (fairy tale, fable, legend, thriller, novel, etc.).

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Title page of Henry Thoreau's memoir, Walden (1854)

Memoir

Title page of Henry Thoreau's memoir, Walden (1854)
An excerpt from the manuscript "Memoires on Napoleon's campaigns, experienced as a soldier of the second regiment", written by Joseph Abbeel, 1805-1815.

A memoir is any nonfiction narrative writing based in the author's personal memories.

A page from Marco Polo's Il Milione

Travel literature

The genre of travel literature encompasses outdoor literature, guide books, nature writing, and travel memoirs.

The genre of travel literature encompasses outdoor literature, guide books, nature writing, and travel memoirs.

A page from Marco Polo's Il Milione
Handwritten notes by Christopher Columbus on the Latin edition of Marco Polo's Il Milione
Claife Station, built at one of Thomas West's 'viewing stations', to allow visiting tourists and artists to better appreciate the picturesque English Lake District.
Goethe's Italian Journey between September 1786 and May 1788

The genre was called 'travel record literature' (遊記文學 yóujì wénxué), and was often written in narrative, prose, essay and diary style.

Édouard Manet, The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l'herbe), 1863, Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Modern art

Modern art includes artistic work produced during the period extending roughly from the 1860s to the 1970s, and denotes the styles and philosophies of the art produced during that era.

Modern art includes artistic work produced during the period extending roughly from the 1860s to the 1970s, and denotes the styles and philosophies of the art produced during that era.

Édouard Manet, The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l'herbe), 1863, Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Pablo Picasso Les Demoiselles d'Avignon 1907, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Henri Matisse, The Dance I, 1909, Museum of Modern Art, New York

A tendency away from the narrative, which was characteristic for the traditional arts, toward abstraction is characteristic of much modern art.

Ballads of bravery (1877) part of Arthurian mythology

Myth

Ballads of bravery (1877) part of Arthurian mythology
Opening lines of one of the Mabinogi myths from the Red Book of Hergest (written pre-13c, incorporating pre-Roman myths of Celtic gods):
Gereint vab Erbin. Arthur a deuodes dala llys yg Caerllion ar Wysc...
(Geraint the son of Erbin. Arthur was accustomed to hold his Court at Caerlleon upon Usk...)
Odysseus Overcome by Demodocus' Song, by Francesco Hayez, 1813–15
Myths and legends of Babylonia and Assyria (1916)
This panel by Bartolomeo di Giovanni relates the second half of the Metamorphoses. In the upper left, Jupiter emerges from clouds to order Mercury to rescue Io.
Väinämöinen, the wise demigod and one of the significant characters of Finnish mythological 19th-century epic poetry, The Kalevala. (Väinämöinen's Play, Robert Wilhelm Ekman, 1866)
Prometheus (1868) by Gustave Moreau. In the mythos of Hesiodus and possibly Aeschylus (the Greek trilogy Prometheus Bound, Prometheus Unbound and Prometheus Pyrphoros), Prometheus is bound and tortured for giving fire to humanity.
1929 Belgian banknote, depicting Ceres, Neptune and caduceus

Myth is a folklore genre consisting of narratives that play a fundamental role in a society, such as foundational tales or origin myths.

The Mona Lisa (1503–1517) by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the world's most recognizable paintings.

Painting

Practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface .

Practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface .

The Mona Lisa (1503–1517) by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the world's most recognizable paintings.
An artistic depiction of a group of rhinos was made in the Chauvet Cave 30,000 to 32,000 years ago.
Prehistoric cave painting of aurochs (Bos primigenius primigenius) ), Lascaux, France
The oldest known figurative painting is a depiction of a bull that was discovered in the Lubang Jeriji Saléh cave in Indonesia. It was painted 40,000 - 52,000 years ago or earlier.
Chen Hongshou (1598–1652), Leaf album painting (Ming dynasty)
Georges Seurat, Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque) (1887–88)
Jean Metzinger, La danse (Bacchante) (c.1906), oil on canvas, 73 x 54 cm, Kröller-Müller Museum
Piet Mondrian, Composition en rouge, jaune, bleu et noir (1921), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Female painter sitting on a campstool and painting a statue of Dionysus or Priapus onto a panel which is held by a boy. Fresco from Pompeii, 1st century
Nino Pisano, Apelles or the Art of painting in detail (1334–1336); relief of the Giotto's Bell Tower in Florence, Italy
Encaustic icon from Saint Catherine's Monastery, Egypt (6th-century)
John Martin, Manfred on the Jungfrau (1837), watercolor
Sesshū Tōyō, Landscapes of the Four Seasons (1486), ink and light color on paper
Jean de Court (attributed), painted Limoges enamel dish in detail (mid-16th century), Waddesdon Bequest, British Museum
White Angel (fresco), Mileševa monastery, Serbia
Honoré Daumier, The Painter (1808–1879), oil on panel with visible brushstrokes
Maurice Quentin de La Tour, Portrait of Louis XV of France (1748), pastel
Ray Burggraf, Jungle Arc (1998), acrylic paint on wood
Claude Monet's 1872 Impression, Sunrise inspired the name of the movement
Khan Bahadur Khan with Men of his Clan, c. 1815, from the Fraser Album, Company Style
19th Century Mysore Painting of Goddess Saraswathi
Krishna and Radha, might be the work of Nihâl Chand, master of Kishangarh school of Rajput Painting
Francisco de Zurbarán, Still Life with Pottery Jars (Bodegón de recipientes) (1636), oil on canvas, 46 x 84 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid
Reza Abbasi, Two Lovers (1630)
Andreas Achenbach, Clearing Up, Coast of Sicily (1847), The Walters Art Museum
Otto Marseus van Schrieck, A Forest Floor Still-Life (1666)

Painting is an important form in the visual arts, bringing in elements such as drawing, composition, gesture (as in gestural painting), narration (as in narrative art), and abstraction (as in abstract art).

Four commedia dell'arte characters, whose costumes and demeanor indicate the stock character roles that they portray in this genre.

Character (arts)

Four commedia dell'arte characters, whose costumes and demeanor indicate the stock character roles that they portray in this genre.
Literary scholar Patrick Grant matches characters from The Lord of the Rings with Jungian archetypes.

In fiction, a character (or speaker, in poetry) is a person or other being in a narrative (such as a novel, play, radio or television series, music, film, or video game).

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Nonfiction

Any document or media content that attempts, in good faith, to provide accurate information regarding a real-world topic.

Any document or media content that attempts, in good faith, to provide accurate information regarding a real-world topic.

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Nonfiction is one of the fundamental divisions of narrative writing (specifically, prose) — in contrast to fiction, largely populated by imaginary characters and events, though sometimes ambiguous regarding its basis in reality.

An illustration from Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, depicting the fictional protagonist, Alice, playing a fantastical game of croquet.

Fiction

An illustration from Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, depicting the fictional protagonist, Alice, playing a fantastical game of croquet.

Fiction is any creative work, chiefly any narrative work, portraying individuals, events, or places in ways that are imaginary or inconsistent with history, fact, or plausibility.

Plot is the cause‐and‐effect sequence of main events in a story. The story events are numbered chronologically; the red plot events are also connected logically by "so".

Plot (narrative)

Plot is the cause‐and‐effect sequence of main events in a story. The story events are numbered chronologically; the red plot events are also connected logically by "so".
Cinderella
The Wizard of Oz
Freytag's pyramid

In a literary work, film, or other narrative, the plot is the sequence of events where each affects the next one through the principle of cause-and-effect.

The Boyhood of Raleigh by Sir John Everett Millais, oil on canvas, 1870.
A seafarer tells the young Sir Walter Raleigh and his brother the story of what happened out at sea

Storytelling

The Boyhood of Raleigh by Sir John Everett Millais, oil on canvas, 1870.
A seafarer tells the young Sir Walter Raleigh and his brother the story of what happened out at sea
A very fine par dated 1938 A.D. The epic of Pabuji is an oral epic in the Rajasthani language that tells of the deeds of the folk hero-deity Pabuji, who lived in the 14th century.
Illustration from Silesian Folk Tales (The Book of Rubezahl)
Orunamamu storyteller, griot with cane
The Historian – An Indian artist is painting in sign language, on buckskin, the story of a battle with American soldiers.
Example of the use of storytelling in education.

Storytelling is the social and cultural activity of sharing stories, sometimes with improvisation, theatrics or embellishment.