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The Neoclassical principles of balance and symmetry were more often found in the landscape traditions of the seventeenth century(epitomized by the French royal garden, Versailles), and were displaced by the new open designs of Capability Brown and his followers by the mid-eighteenth century. Nevertheless, features such as parterre gardens, allées (double rows of trees flanking a path or road) and the frequent use of classical statuary and Roman-style garden buildings  [ Read More ]


Neoclassical painting tended to be heroic or tragic in subject, often depicting famous events from history or literature. But Neoclassical principles could be found even in eighteenth-century portraits and still lifes, at least those in which the compositions were above all symmetrical and harmonious. Human figures were painted ideally rather than realistically, and sometimes a little larger than life. Landscapes features were presented as regular shapes rather than naturally asymmetrical  [ Read More ]


Neoclassicism was the dominant aesthetic movement in Europe during the eighteenth century. Artists and thinkers turned to what they understood to be the values of classical Greece and (especially) Rome, valuing order, harmony, balance and tradition in the work of art. In England, the admiration of many eighteenth-century thinkers for Imperial Rome, seen as a model for England’s own expanding empire, led contemporaries to call their period “Augustan” after the  [ Read More ]


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