Art Term

Classicism

The term classicism is used to describe art that makes reference to ancient Greek or Roman style

The terms classic or classical came into use in the seventeenth century to describe the arts and culture of the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome. The following of the principles of these ancient civilisations in art, architecture and literature is referred to as classicism.

Classicism is generally associated with harmony and restraint, and obedience to recognized standards of form and craftsmanship.

From the Renaissance on, classicism dominated Western art, with classical mythology – consisting of the various myths and legends of the ancient Greek and Roman gods and heroes – becoming a major source of subject matter for history painting.