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Author: Aleisha Olson
This lesson will present an overview of the historical context of Neoclassicism.
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Notes on "Neoclassicism"

Terms to Know


"Neo" meaning new, a movement or style occurring during the mid 18th century characterized by a revival of classical styles.

Age of Enlightenment

A European intellectual and cultural movement in the 17th and 18th centuries whose mission was to reform society by reason and knowledge, using scientific methods.


Also called "late Baroque", an artistic movement and style seen across all the arts; characterized by playful witty themes and creamy-pastel colors, ornate asymmetrical designs, curves and gold, sensuality, and overindulgence.


A belief that knowledge comes through sensed experience.

Age of Reason

A publication written by Thomas Paine, a British/American revolutionary, that challenged institutionalized religion.


A group of 18th-century French intellectuals (men and women) united by their belief in human reason and logic.



Image of Wright of Derby, A Philosopher Giving a Lecture at the Orrey, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wright_of_Derby,_The_Orrery.jpg; Image of David, Death of Socrates, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:David_-_The_Death_of_Socrates.jpg;
Image of Powers, George Washington, Public Domain, http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hiram_Powers_-_Marble_bust_of_George_Washington,_c._1844,_Cincinnati_Art_Museum.jpg;