What is a gallery?

Anna Piskunova
Anna Piskunova
March 7, 2015
What is a gallery?

At a time when works of art acquired even aesthetic significance, and artists, in turn, began to take care of the placement of their works, probably the galleries appeared. Let us see in the article what the gallery is and why it is not always associated with paintings and painting.

It is worth noting that initially the galleries were not related to the visual arts, but rather were in the spirit of architectural structures. The word came to us from the Italian language and literally meant “church porch”. Therefore, the most common, historically valuable definition of a gallery is as follows: a gallery is a long room with a roof or a transition between buildings whose walls can be columns or pillars. Initially, the galleries were more like walking rooms. At the moment, modern architects still sometimes use the word in its original form, but over time it has other meanings.

For us, the more usual meaning of the gallery is the following: a room for exhibitions or the collection of paintings.But, for example, in the military theme, the word no longer has anything to do with art and means underground passage in military installations. In a figurative sense, the word "gallery" is used to designate a meeting or a series of similar subjects or objects. In colloquial terms, the gallery calls the cheapest places in the theater, located in the upper tier.