The 18th and 19th century created a vastly significant and unique time in social and artistic history. The French Renaissance brought the rebirth of interest in Greco-Roman culture and its achievements. Early archaeologists, or antiquarians, were central to this artistic change. In 1506, discovery of works such as the Laocoon brought the rebirth of Greek antiquity to Western culture. Soon there after, a neo classical revival in French architecture integrated classical thought into all levels of society. By social demand, travels to Greece exploded and archaeologists brought back thousands of wondrous objects and the stories to accompany them. Through the process of experimentation, artists were using the stories of travellers to create fanciful renditions of how they believed Ancient Greece to be during its classical glory. Since there was no documentation to support artefact history, many painters who were too poor to travel to Greece used the stories of archaeologists to create a romantic narrative within each piece of art. Featured in the Benaki Museum of Greek Civilization, these 19th paintings highlight in startling accuracy a new artistic paradigm fashioned after a classical socio-cultural thought. This brings a timeless beauty gripped within the canvas as exemplified in the featured paintings.