MCA 14

"Every age projects its own image into its art." The Neoclassical art period, or Neoclassicism, lasted from 1770 to 1820, roughly from the French Revolution to the end of the Napoleonic Wars. This artistic period drew inspiration from the time's archaeological discoveries, and attempted to recapture the values of Greece and Rome. This was far greater than earlier revivals however, there was great emphasis in historical accuracy. This period led up to that of the Romantic art period. The artists featured in this art gallery are Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

After the extravagance of the Rococo and the great emotion in the Baroque periods, many longed for the restraint of classicism. This is demonstrated in this piece where the woman is composed with not much emotion.
In this piece, we see both linear style and restraint, but it is still slightly demonstrating some of the Rococo style, albeit because Marie Antoinette always dressed extravagantly, and had her hair done in a different style every day.
One aspect of neoclassicism was a linear style, in which the outlines of objects are sharply defined, as in this picture of Marie-Antoinette, which was painted only 2 years before the French Revolution took place.
This painting also demonstrates a linear style, as well as great attention to detail, but it is also in tune with the political events of the day. De Calonne was a French statesman who would later become involved in the French Revolution.
Although still containing some Baroque characteristics in shading, this painting lacks the emotion of the Baroque period, making it much more friendlier of the times. This piece also demonstrates great contrast between objects to invoke a linear style.
This is a portrait of the mother of a high government official in French-occupied Rome. This portrait demonstrates realism, not idealizing the figure at all, unlike some Rococo pieces. However the piece still has a certain, almost lack of emotion, characteristic to it as did many of the neoclassical pieces.
Luigi Cherubini was a famous Italian composer who spent most of his life working in France. And in this portrait of him, there are the neoclassical characteristics, such as a linear style, and slight lack of emotion (a very common attribute to Ingres).
This painting is one of two done by Ingres of Madame Moitessier who was the daughter of a civil servant and married the wealthy banker, Sigisbert Moitessier. Madame Moitessier is also lacking in emotion and drawn in a linear style.
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