On How the Artists of the Romantic Period Chose to React against the Approaches and Philosophy Established during the Age of Elightment

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Throughout this assignment we will be taking a look at how artists during the Romantic period, that took place around the 18th and 19th centuries, choose to react against the approaches and philosophy established by artist during the age of Enlightenment. We will take a look at a few obviously Romantic artworks to help us better our understanding of this fascinating movement.
To understand how Romanticism has rejected, or reacted to, the Enlightenment, we first need to take a look at what artists believed during the Enlightenment era. According to Fred S. Kleiner, the Enlightenment, which took place during the first part of 18th century, brought with it a new way of thinking critically about “the world and the humankind, independently of religion, myth or tradition”(F.S Kleiner,Gardner’s Art through the Ages,2013,pg 727). The educated thinker of this age believed in things like Humanism, Rationalism, and was fascinated by the knowledge that came with the advancements in science. They rarely believed in things that they could not prove or have no evidence of. The Enlightenment artistic movement include the neoclassical artists, who were inspired by Greek and Roman antiquity.
In harsh contrast to these Enlightenment ideals and believes, Romanticism, according to Fred S. Kleiner, “emerged from a desire for freedom – not only political freedom but also freedom of thought, of feeling, of action, of worship, of speech and of taste.”(F.S. Kleiner, Gardner’s, Art through the Ages,2013,pg 762).Some believe that Romanticism had major influences on the world that came after it, and that we are all, every single one of us, still romantics at heart. Romantic ideas are still very much part of our lives today. Their believe that all should ha...

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