The period saw fundamental shifts in ideas about humanity and the place of the individual in society. These debates impacted directly on art as they affected how artists depicted the human form and the world around them. As progressive thinkers re-examined classical history, artists’ notions of beauty became grounded in the idealised forms of Greek and Roman Antiquity. Artists also turned their eyes increasingly to the natural world for inspiration.
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