MCA 3

"Every age projects its own image in its arts." During the years 1770 and 1820, the NeoClassical art style was at it's peak. This art period is known as the transition era before the full period of Romanticism. NeoClassical artists looked to ancient Greek and Roman works for inspiration and held Enlightenment ideals like reason, skepticism, and philosophy at high esteem.

In this painting, David depicts the death of popular revolutionary figure, Marat displaying the historical importance on the Neoclassical artistic movement. The darkness of the shadows reflects the influence of the Baroque period with the darkest darks. The realistic nature of the figure also derives influence from the examples of the Classics found in Greek and Roman art.
One of David's most popular pieces of artwork, the use of muted colors and realistic depiction of figures, as well as extreme detail, all reflect common themes of the Neoclassical art period. Figures in the painting are reminiscent of the sculpted style often seen in Greek and Roman art pieces.
This painting also depicts a historical event, common to David's art. Muted colors and the use of simplicity yet attention to detail, are examples of the role classic art influenced artists of the Neoclassical period.
David was very close friends with Emperor Napoleon, and is responsible for creating some of Napoleon's most famous depictions. David idolized the ruler, and portrayed him with great majesty and elegance throughout his patronage.
Ingres's non-portrait paintings were often disregarded by the Parisian Salons, however staunchly reflect the common themes of the Neoclassical period. Te columns and the simplistic figurines draped within fabrics bear great similarities to Classical pieces created during the Greek and Roman times.
Ingres's portraits are often what he is most noted for, and the basic colors and plain background, as well as the semi sculpted/blended appearance of the figure suggest his knowledge of Classical artwork.
Ingres was most commonly known for his portraits, and the "sculpted" nature of the subjects face reflects the influnce from Classical art, as most figures were blended and were depicted it muted colors and plain backgrounds.
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