McAndrew 2 Neoclassicism

The Neoclassic age was a revolutionary age between the years of 1770 and 1820. The movement was a response to the overdone Rococo era as well as the amount of the Baroque age. It is best characterized by the goal to enlighten the mind with its clean-cut lines, shallow backgrounds, and purity. Although artists often looked to Ancient Greek and Rome for inspiration, the work was also very influential in portraying French revolutionary figures.

In this painting, Goya exhibits Neoclassical characteristics in the contrast of the angel and the yellow clothing with the background. The painting is composed of relatively dark colors, yet the background remains relatively shallow.
This painting is a portrait of King Carlos IV, and exhibits Neoclassic characteristics in the dark colors that the artist chose and the way that the subject's skin contrasts with the background. The entire portrait is completely clean-cut and sculpted. Carlos is portrayed in such a way that he looks considerably powerful and pensive.
This painting strongly portrays Neoclassic features in its reference to Greek mythology. The colors that the artist chose are also relatively dark. All of the figures are sculpted, clean, and fresh-looking. The background is also relatively shallow in depth.
This painting portrays Neoclassic properties in the way that the subjects stand out from the background in a subtle yet effective manner. The subjects are sculpted and the details on their bodies and clothing are defines. The subjects themselves are references to ancient history and exhibit the intellectual blossoming that Neoclassic artists admired.
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