The art of the 18th century explore and reflect enlightenment ideals of
progress and the power of reason in many different ways. Artists turned to
science as a subject matter, the rediscovery of the Classical past
evidenced the possibilities for the art and society in the present and new
academies contributed to the establishment of rules for art making. This
is a wide-ranging course covering a variety of artists such as Simeon
Chardin, Jacques-Louis David, Joshua Reynolds, Joseph Wright of Derby and
many more. We will discuss the impact of the discoveries of Roman material
culture at Herculaneum and Pompeii, analyse the educational aims of the
Grand Tour and unpick the creation of Neo-Classicism.