A category of artistic composition that shares similarities in form, subject matter or style. Paintings that include views of the sea could be considered in the genre of seascapes.

Genre has two meanings: its general meaning refers simply to a type of painting, such as landscape, still life or abstract. Its more specific meaning refers to the everyday subject matter in a painting, such as domestic interiors. It was 15 the main art form in 17th century Holland - it is typified by the work of Jan Vermeer (1632-1675).

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