During Winckelmann’s time in Rome another sculpture came to rival —or even to surpass—the Laocoön in his esteem; indeed, he frequently mentions the Apollo Belvedere alongside the Laocoön as contrasting but equally compelling examples of beauty. While the Laocoön has retained its high reputation, the Apollo has fallen from favour. In The Nude (1956), one [...]
VIGÉE LE BRUN painted her first portrait of Marie-Antoinette in 1778, Marie-Antoinette “en robe à paniers”. This is a full-length, formal representation of the queen in court regalia, wearing a splendidly decorated white satin hoopskirt. While the portrait brilliantly demonstrates Vigée Le Brun’s virtuosity as a court painter, it reveals little of its subject. But [...]
I. Natural Beauty Good taste, which is becoming more prevalent throughout the world, had its origins under the skies of Greece. Every invention of foreign nations which was brought to Greece was, as it were, only a first seed that assumed new form and character here. We are told that Minerva chose this land, with [...]
Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun was a French painter. She earned an international reputation for her stylish portrayals of royalty and aristocratic society in France and throughout Europe during the period 1775–1825; before the outbreak of the French Revolution she was closely associated with Marie-Antoinette and the taste of the Ancien Régime. After 1789 she continued [...]
Neoclassicism was a style with many contradictions. The word Neoclassicism was not mentioned in that time. Neoclassicism was official policy of an Academy in the middle of 19th century, but one segment of Neoclassicism enters in Romanticism while other became culminate phase in Enlightenment. It was the time when philosophers spoke about state, politics, moral.
Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768) was a scholar with wide interests. He studied most different scientific disciplines, and only in his manhood he began to study art by applying all kinds of scientific knowledge and methods. First he was studying theology in the University of Halle , but then he bumped in books written by broad-minded [...]
Neoclassicism held sway for roughly eighty years (1750 to 1830). This style originated in France, and than spread in all directions (Sidney, St Peterburg, Philadelphia etc.). It is known that Napoleon’s favorite style in art was neoclassicism. If we look back, we can see that everything in that time, from the middle of 18th to [...]