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Art of the Neoclassical Period - Chapter Summary
Work through this chapter at your own pace to study the art of the Neoclassical period. The chapter contains short and fun lessons that examine the characteristics of Neoclassicism, as well as important painters, paintings, sculptors and sculptures from America, Britain, Italy and France. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you test your knowledge of the material. The chapter is available to study at any time of day or night, and you can reach out to our expert instructors if you have any questions. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Recognize the characteristics of Neoclassicism
- Compare Romanticism and Neoclassicism
- Identify important Neoclassical sculptors and sculptures from America
- Describe Italian Neoclassical art and French Neoclassical sculpture
- Recognize famous Neoclassical painters from American and Britain
1. Neoclassicism: Definition & Characteristics
Neoclassicism was a new approach to the classic era of the past. Discover the 18th century's revived interest in ancient times by the definition and characteristics of neoclassicism in architecture, art, literature, theater, and music.
2. Neoclassicism vs. Romanticism
Neoclassicism and Romanticism are two movements that, though different, overlapped in the early 19th century. Follow the movement of the aesthetic pendulum, exploring the history behind the beginnings of Neoclassicism and the emergence of Romanticism.
3. American Neoclassical Sculptors & Sculpture
Who were some famous early American sculptors and what kind of work did they do? Why did many of them live in Italy? In this lesson, we'll explore American Neoclassic sculptors and their work.
4. Italian Neoclassical Art
Neoclassical art was popular around the Western world, but it had a special meaning in Italy. In this lesson, we'll examine Italian Neoclassical art and see how it developed.
5. British Neoclassical Painters
The neoclassical period sounds boring, but it wasn't. It was a time of great archaeological discoveries. These new discoveries inspired painters everywhere to create scenes of ancient life. Britain was home to some of these artists.
6. American Neoclassical Paintings & Painters
Neoclassicism hit America with great fervor. The paintings of John Trumbull, Rembrandt Peale, John Vanderlyn, Sarah Miriam Peale, and Benjamin West are revered as some of the best American neoclassical paintings. In this lesson, we will discuss each painter and their works in brief.
7. French Neoclassical Sculpture
Ancient Greek and Roman art have inspired generations of artists. When you look at sculpture, can you see the influence of this early art? Let's explore examples of French Neoclassic sculpture in this lesson.
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