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Romanticism is a complex artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in the second half of the 18th century in Western Europe, and gained strength during the Industrial Revolution. It was partly a revolt against aristocratic social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment and a reaction against the scientific rationalization of nature, and was embodied most strongly in the visual arts, music, and literature.

The movement stressed strong emotion as a source of aesthetic experience, placing new emphasis on such emotions as trepidation, horror and awe-especially that which is experienced in confronting the sublimity of untamed nature and its picturesque qualities, both new aesthetic categories. It elevated folk art and custom to something noble, and argued for a "natural" epistemology of human activities as conditioned by nature in the form of language, custom and usage.

Our modern sense of a romantic character is sometimes based on Byronic or Romantic ideals. Romanticism reached beyond the rational and Classicist ideal models to elevate medievalism and elements of art and narrative perceived to be authentically medieval, in an attempt to escape the confines of population growth, urban sprawl and industrialism, and it also attempted to embrace the exotic, unfamiliar and distant in modes more authentic than chinoiserie, harnessing the power of the imagination to envision and to escape.

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Across the Forum, Rome, 1828 - Hugh William Williams - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Across the Forum, Rome, 1828
Hugh William Williams
Slavers Throwing Overboard The Dead And Dying   Typhoon... - Joseph Mallord William Turner - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Slavers Throwing Overboard The Dead And Dying Typhoon...
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Arab Horses Fighting in a Stable 1860 - Eugene Delacroix - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Arab Horses Fighting in a Stable 1860
Eugene Delacroix
Nude Girl on a Panther Skin 1844 - Felix Trutat - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Nude Girl on a Panther Skin 1844
Felix Trutat
Female Nude Bound - Pierre-Paul Prud'hon - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Female Nude Bound
Pierre-Paul Prud'hon
Nude Female Model, c.1850 - Julien Vallou de Villeneuve - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Nude Female Model, c.1850
Julien Vallou de Villeneuve
Sioux Indians hunting buffalo, 1835 - George Catlin - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Sioux Indians hunting buffalo, 1835
George Catlin
Male Nude Pontificating - Pierre-Paul Prud'hon - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Male Nude Pontificating
Pierre-Paul Prud'hon
Sleeping woman, 1849 - Johann Baptist Reiter - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Sleeping woman, 1849
Johann Baptist Reiter
Orpheus and Eurydice 1807 - Johann August the Younger Nahl - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Orpheus and Eurydice 1807
Johann August the Younger Nahl
Fight between a Lion and a Tiger, 1797 - James Ward - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Fight between a Lion and a Tiger, 1797
James Ward
Nightmare (The Incubus) 1781-82 - Johann Henry Fuseli - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Nightmare (The Incubus) 1781-82
Johann Henry Fuseli
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Hermia Surrounded by Puck... - John Simmons - www.romanticism-in-art.org
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Hermia Surrounded by Puck...
John Simmons
Monastery Graveyard In The Snow - Caspar David Friedrich - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Monastery Graveyard In The Snow
Caspar David Friedrich
Liberty Leading the People (28th July 1830) 1830 - Eugene Delacroix - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Liberty Leading the People (28th July 1830) 1830
Eugene Delacroix
Female Nude In A Landscape - William Etty - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Female Nude In A Landscape
William Etty
A Human Skeleton - James Ward - www.romanticism-in-art.org
A Human Skeleton
James Ward
The Seven Sacraments Confirmation 1779 - Pietro Antonio Novelli - www.romanticism-in-art.org
The Seven Sacraments Confirmation 1779
Pietro Antonio Novelli
The Hottentot Venus in the Salon of the Duchess of... - Sebastien Coeure - www.romanticism-in-art.org
The Hottentot Venus in the Salon of the Duchess of...
Sebastien Coeure
Nude Woman Asleep - William Etty - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Nude Woman Asleep
William Etty
Mr Bumble and Oliver Twist, 1924 - Harold Copping - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Mr Bumble and Oliver Twist, 1924
Harold Copping
Human Skeleton Lateral view in Crouching Posture, from... - George Stubbs - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Human Skeleton Lateral view in Crouching Posture, from...
George Stubbs
The Kiss 1859 - Francesco Paolo Hayez - www.romanticism-in-art.org
The Kiss 1859
Francesco Paolo Hayez
Good and Evil the Devil Tempting a Young Woman, 1832 - Andre Jacques Victor Orsel - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Good and Evil the Devil Tempting a Young Woman, 1832
Andre Jacques Victor Orsel
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