Neoclassical Vs Romantic Art

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Although both Neoclassical and Romantic art were often used for political propaganda and messages of morality, the intense emotion felt when gazing upon Romantic works is timeless, impacting human feelings century after century. Although Neoclassical successfully reminds us, after the frivolous indulgence of the Rococo, of our potential for refined principles in its solemn portrayal of the most rational of Roman figures and Greek democracy, its scenes were often used to depict the modern apex moments of socially apex individuals. It is a suggestive indoctrination that would be a siren song to the artwork's affluent subject, but less so to that of the ordinary citizen, who knows he will likely never be able to relate.
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This is different than the Neoclassical visualizations that seem to frequently demand self-sacrifice, glorifying already incredibly powerful individuals over average people whose names are all lost to history, and as a regular person myself, I know it and feel that the people of the time probably often knew it too. I believe this enables Romantic art to carry significantly more influence over people's minds and emotions than Neoclassical art in the long run, whereas soon after the fall of an over-glorified supreme leader, we find ourselves ridiculing the outrageousness of his propaganda. Romantic art expresses human emotions that are common to us all, and tend to paint regular people as empowered, even if in the form of martyrs. When the depiction is horrific, such as in Goya's "Disasters of War" plates, all of which may be examined in their brutally honest glory at for the reader who is prepared to feel disturbed to the core, we as viewers can imagine and relate, understanding that the beastly suffering of the people depicted would have been ourselves if we had only been born in that place and time. The people of all times observe the non-conformity, painted …show more content…
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