Neoclassical Art

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Even though it seems as if the two periods are close in appearance, there are immediate differences that are obvious. There are also observations that are clear in terms of the use of colors as well as the perspective or lack thereof. Furthermore, the buildings are vastly different as well. This set the scene for the comparison and contrast of neoclassical and rococo artwork. In this discussion, the comparison and contrast will be between two paintings from these two periods.
Neoclassic is termed under the “Age of Reason” or as it is also known, Enlightenment. This is where the difference might be seen regarding this period and that of Rococo. Artist began creating artworks at an intellectual level. The Neoclassical paintings tell a story as
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However, further discussion on the issues in the Angelica Kauffman’s painting is the reality that is captured. Cornelia points at her two children as her treasures that show her humility, modesty, and the maternal love in contrast to her friend showing off her valuables. This is the essence of the painting as Cornelia shows of what is valuable to her. In the content of The Swing, there is a different focus in that the people are more free and concerned with enjoying life as opposed to the more serious nature of the neoclassical paintings. The painter, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, created this painting as an erotic painting, as per the client’s instructions. This painting is seen as answering, not only to the brief of the client, but also as a direct offset for the rococo style, and content in particular (“The Collection,” 2017, n. p.). In contrast to the neoclassic painting Cornelia Pointing to her Children as her Treasure, this content has no specific though or reason to it except for being explicitly…show more content…
The Swing had elements in it that emphasized its frivolity. This can be seen particularly in the foliage that was added, the frilliness of the dress, as well as the shoe flying through the air. Added to that is the symbolism that is different to the more serious elements in Cornelia Pointing to her Children as her Treasure painting. Most analyses regard elements of symbolism in The Swing as follows: the dog in the foreground that represents faithfulness (“The Swing (1767),” 2017, n. p.) – others see it as a symbol of fidelity, which is in total contrast to what the content is meant to be. The painting is also a symbol of the decadence of the atrocity in France (YouTube, n. d., n.

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