Romanticism

“Freedom is the dream you dream, While putting thought in chains again --” Giacomo Leopardi, Canti

What is it?

Romanticism was an Artistic movement that originated in the late 18th century (1780s) and consisted of strong emotion, imagination, freedom from classical art forms, and rebellion against social conventions.




Caspar David Friedrich, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, 1818 >>>


Artist Inspiration

Romantic artist disagreed with kings rules and refused the industrial revolution. Many pieces were inspired by imagination, landscapes, and mythical creatures. Most art was painted or sculpted. Colors used were radiant and appealing to the eye.

Inspiration of the Artist

Romantic artists refused the industrial revolution, denied the rule of the kings, and cherished the rights of the individual. They were inspired by their imagination and nature. Many pieces of this time were landscapes or fantasy themed. They used radient colors and different painting styles.

Main People/Locations

Thomas Gainsborough

Francisco Goya

Henry Fuseli

Caspar David Friedrich


Originated in Europe

Events of the Time

Imperialism which most artist of the time were against because it took away from the beauty of nature.

The French Revolution which began in 1789 in the very early stages of the period, is clearly important, but highly variable depending on geography and individual reactions.

Romanticism was distinguished by its value on "emotion and individualism" (bc.edu) as well as glorification of the past and nature, preferring the medieval rather than the classical. It was partly a reaction to the Industrial Revolution, the "aristocratic social and political norms"(bc.edu) of the Age of Enlightenment, and the scientific rationalization of the wonders of nature.

Famous Works from the Time

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