For the greater part of recorded history, there were no cameras and photographs. Therefore, artists were hired to capture the natural world or people’s likenesses in portraits.
Other painting involved depicting religious themes and idols. In the West, artists like Michelangelo were paid by the church to create works with religious themes. In India, Ravi Verma portrayed Hindu gods and goddesses. His paintings gave people an image of how the deities looked and became worship material for Hindu people. Though their subject matter was metaphysical, these artists still referred to nature and human figures as models to depict the spiritual. For more https://khaasbaat.com/nov2018/art.htm