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Neoclassical Painting

Author: Aleisha Olson
This lesson will examine Neoclassical painting.
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This lesson discusses the characteristics of Neoclassical Painting and explores examples of works by Johann Zoffany, Angelica Kauffmann, Benjamin West, and Jacques-Louis David.

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Terms to Know


Or académie in French, the formal study of drawing or casting the human form.

Academic Art

A style of painting or sculpture created in European schools adhering to strict standards (especially under Neoclassicism and Romanticism).

History Painting

A type of large painting with scenes from classical history, Christian history, or mythology that displays a narrative story, and is characterized by having many people rather than a single portrait as the subject.



Image of Zoffany, Academicians of the Royal Academy, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Portraits_of_the_Academicians_of_the_Royal_Academy,_1771-72,_oil_on_canvas,_The_Royal_Collection_by_Johan_Zoffany.jpg; Image of Kauffmann, Cornelia Pointing to her Children, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gracchi_and_Cornelia.jpg; Image of West, The Death of General Wolfe, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Benjamin_West_005.jpg; Image of David, The Oath of the Horatii, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jacques-Louis_David,_Le_Serment_des_Horaces.jpg; Image of David, Death of Marat, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Death_of_Marat_by_David.jpg;