Though out time works of art varied across genres and time periods. The Neoclassical and Romantic periods covered the period of 1750-1850. Although these two genres overlapped they were very different. The Romantic genre was a reaction against Neoclassicism which lead to the movement of the Romantic period. These two genres had very distinct differences. were considered enemies of their time period.
Neoclassicism was a widespread and influential movement, in reaction to the Rococo style, in painting and other visual arts. This movement looked to older Greek and Roman art for inspiration in creating harmony and idealized realism. This movement aimed to revive the European Age of the Enlightenment. Artists of this period where looking for a style that conveyed justice and other serious moral ideas. Neoclassicism aimed to resurge classical styles though the use of sharp colors and classical subjects. During this period the pieces generally portrayed Roman history and were modes for conveying the Enlightenment ideals. Neoclassic artists used formal composition, defining nature as human nature and society was higher than an individual. Neoclassicism was traditional with rules and ideals of order, following logic and reason. In general, Neoclassicism featured a clean style, with a subdued palette, using sculpted forms, and shallow depth of background and draftsman ship. Artists used carefully drawn lines and a finely planned designs using space and movement to define the art which was meant to enlighten the mind and not stimulate the emotions. Works of art usually had a moral behind it or a meaning and was supposed to educate or motivate the public. A good example of the art during this time period is the Diana and Cupid, 1761, by Pompeo Girolamo Batoni. This picture captures the style and design of this period. Although Romanticism and Neoclassicism existed at the same time, the styles were very different. Romanticism...
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