The Neo-Renaissance style

During the 19th century, artists were following the eclecticism theory. The goal of this artistic movement was to use the best of what was made in the past. The Neo-Renaissance style is one of its applications. The 19th century artists were looking for inspiration from the Italian primitives, the Cinquecento and the Fontainebleau School. These […]

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Egyptomania

Egyptomania is a cyclical phenomenon in Western art, this taste appears regularly in history : during Roman times, in Renaissance cabinet of curiosity, and even in the 50’s movies. With the French campaign in Egypt of Napoleon in the early 19th century, Egyptomania completely invaded the decorative arts. Sometimes it is considered as part of […]

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Louis XIV style

The Louis XIV style was created by the “Sun King”. He was the instigator of the Versailles and also created academies and manufactures, the goal was to instore a new model in all European Court of the 17th century. Thus in 1664, Colbert created the “Manufacture de la Couronne” (Crown Manufactory) where it gathers, under […]

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Empire style

In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte became Emperor and therefor french art was experiencing a renewal. In order to legitimize his new status, Napoleon needed to reconnect with Monarchy’s splendor. His new model was inspired from the Antique Rome and Egyptomania. Iconography attached to this style were : Sphinx and sphinxes, lions, eagles, swans, bees, stars, palms, […]

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Neo-Gothic style

The neo-Gothic style is an architectural style born in the middle of the 18th century in England.With the development of Romanticism, some enlightened amateurs such as Horace Walpole and William Beckford highly influenced the public’s enthusiasm for the Middle Ages, Medieval arts and the new aesthetic quality known as the “picturesque”, as shown in the […]

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