Classicism (fr. Classicisme, from the Latin. Classicus – exemplary) – artistic style and aesthetic direction in European art of the XVII-XIX centuries.
At the heart of classicism lie the ideas of rationalism, which were formed simultaneously with those in Descartes’ philosophy. A work of art, from the point of view of classicism, should be built on the basis of strict canons, thereby revealing the symmetry and logic of the universe itself. Continue reading