Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesVisual ArtsPainting · 6 months ago

How did Jacques-Louis David use Neo-Classicism? What the heck even is Neo-classicism?

Our vacation tour guide talked about his "Oath of the Horatii" work and said it was Neo-classicism but never fully explained it...

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  • 6 months ago

    Neo means new, so think of it as new classicism. David was France's leading painter at the beginning of the 18 century, and Napoleon was calling himself emperor a fifty years after the French guillotined their entire aristocracy. David was making the point that the new realism in art was not serving the current heroes well and so painted images from the classical era 2000 years ago to mimic the Greeks and Romans.

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  • 6 months ago

    Yes. Your tour guide was obviously too stupid to look it up on Google, or Wikipedia. What a prat, eh?!

    • Sir Caustic
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      6 months agoReport

      Whoops! Someone didn't like that one!

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