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Neoclassicism acted as the precursor to Romanticism, existing between 1770 and 1820. Neoclassical paintings are frequently attributed to drawing upon Classical Greek and Roman art for inspiration. Romanticism, however, expanded beyond traditional norms, employing great freedom and emotional expression. Though the Romantic period began only two decades after the Neoclassical, the method of painting was significantly distinct in style.

The Death of Socrates epitomizes Neoclassical artwork. Depicting a scene from Greek history, David imitates more than Classical art in more than simply style. Establishing a story with moral undertones, David draws the attention of viewers, emotionally and intellectually.
One of five copies of David's heroic Napoleon, leading his men across the Alps. Such courageous depictions of Bonaparte marked the latter half of David's career, with the dedicated intent of inspiring nationalism within the French people.
A statue of a Vestal Virgin, Canova models the emulates the innocence of Vesta's followers with Neoclassical austerity. Canova furthers the belief that Classical ideas represent morality and purity.
As the majority of Canova's works, the Three Graces are carved from a single slab of white marble. Taken from Roman mythology, the Three Graces of the statue mirror Classical art.
Millet illustrates a poignant scene, capturing rural life by moonlight. Through the dim light cast across the herd, the painting establishes a sense of mysterious silence, with the shepherd immortalized in his calm.
Halting their work and dropping their farming equipment, the two peasants central to the painting are captured reciting the Angelus in commemoration of the Gabriel's Annunciation. Despite dreary surroundings and hard labor ahead, Millet catches a brief respite from their work.
A chaotic depiction, Delcroix illustrates the Lion Hunt as uncontrolled and wild, characterized by terse, rapid strokes and little care for set boundaries. Focusing on colors rather than drawing, the clash appears violent and tumultuous.
Significantly less frantic than the Lion Hunt, the Moroccan horseman appears heroic and determined, embodying Romantic ideals.
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