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Title: Neoclassical Era Art

Neoclassical Era Art
Neoclassical Era Art
  • Moved away from excesses of Baroque Era and
    focused again on Greek and Roman ideals.
  • Neo- classical new classics
  • Artists to know
  • Jaques Louis David
  • Thomas Jefferson

Jacques Louis David Bio
  • Attention to detail
  • Clean-edge painting, very dramatic
  • Focused on great men and women, like Napoleon and
  • Realistic but muted colors
  • David saw the art of antiquity as surpassing
    anything done in his own age, and he therefore
    chose subjects from the past.
  • He has been compared with Michelangelo, the
    painter of the Sistine Chapel. He disdained the
    excesses of the Baroque Era, such as the gilded
    walls, lace, and wigs.
  • He preferred substance things over style.

Oath of the Horatii
Jacques Louis David
  • First painter to use Neoclassical style, with
    painting, Oath of Horatii.
  • Oath probably most famous Neoclassical work
  • Extolled antique virtues of stoicism, masculinity
    and patriotism.

Death of Socrates
Death of Socrates Explained
  • You can see Davids style in his Death of
  • Look at the plain costumes, the simple gestures,
    the accurate but not overly bright colors, the
    emphasis on the central character, Socrates, who
    is about to take poison. Notice that the
    character is making a statement to his students
    even at the moment of his death (a true account,
    by the way, according to those who were there),
    showing David's belief in the importance of
    performing great deeds.
  • SUMMARY David chose to use simple scenes and
    accurate colors to draw attention to the content,
    which was usually centered around duty, not to
    draw attention to the artist or his style.

Thomas Jefferson Bio
  • Renaissance Man
  • Politician second president of the United States
  • WriterThe Declaration of Independence
  • Scholar Founded the University of Virginia
  • Architect.
  • Designed buildings, blending qualities from
    several cultures to illustrate that America
    itself was a melting pot of cultures.
  • Over the whole structure, Jefferson would create
    a feeling of symmetry, representative of The
    Greeks and Romans who Neoclassicists imitated.
  • Fine materials were called for, such as marble,
    hardwood floors with intricate inlay patterns,
    and so forth.
  • SUMMARY Thomas Jefferson used structural
    symmetry in his architectural designs, blending
    elements from several cultures into a balanced

Thomas Jeffersons Monticello
  • Perfect representation of both a
    Jefferson-designed building and the Neoclassical
    architectural ideals.
  • Pillars like the ancient Greeks
  • dome like the Islamic cultures
  • square walls similar to Romanesque architecture
  • high French windows

Jeffersons Capitol Building