The National Enlightenment Museum

By: Brian Murphy


Mozart - Requiem
Handel - Messiah - Hallelujah Chorus


  1. Baroque was a popular type of art in the 1700s. Baroque is described as huge, colorful and full of excitement. Some famous works are A Fantastic Cave with Odysseus and Calypso, Las Meninas, and Ahimelech Giving the Sword of Goliath to David

  2. Rococo was another popular type of art in the 1700s. Rococo is described as personal, elegant and charming art. Some famous works are, The Embarkation for Cythera, The Bathers, and The Lock (Fragonard)

Peasant Life

In the 1700s, peasants ate a diet that consisted of fruits, vegetables, cheese, and bread. Their entertainment consisted of games sports, dancing, and talking.

In Western Europe, most peasants worked on their own patches of land, or other were tenants of large land owners. Serfdom was not popular in the west, except in France. In France, peasants provided free labor, such as farming the land of their owners, and repairing roads and bridges after spring floods.

In Eastern Europe, however, peasants were owned, and worked for lords, or other wealthy land owners. They were used for every imaginable task, and had basic to no freedom. Peasants were bought and sold with land.

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