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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Man Struggling with a Boa Constrictor, Study for Liboya... - James Ward - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Man Struggling with a Boa Constrictor, Study for Liboya...
James Ward
The Death of Hyacinth 1801 - Jean Broc - www.romanticism-in-art.org
The Death of Hyacinth 1801
Jean Broc
Female Nude, Killed from Behind c. 1827 - Eugene Delacroix - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Female Nude, Killed from Behind c. 1827
Eugene Delacroix
5th US Cavalry charge at Gaines Mill, 27th June 1862... - W.T. Trego - www.romanticism-in-art.org
5th US Cavalry charge at Gaines Mill, 27th June 1862...
W.T. Trego
St Pancras Hotel and Station from Pentonville Road - John O'Connor - www.romanticism-in-art.org
St Pancras Hotel and Station from Pentonville Road
John O'Connor
Eruption Of Vesuvius - Joseph Mallord William Turner - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Eruption Of Vesuvius
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Armageddon, 1852 - Joseph Paul Pettit - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Armageddon, 1852
Joseph Paul Pettit
St. Loup defending the city of Troyes against Attila... - Adolphe Francois Pannemaker - www.romanticism-in-art.org
St. Loup defending the city of Troyes against Attila...
Adolphe Francois Pannemaker
Snow Scene in the Black Forest - Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Trautschold - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Snow Scene in the Black Forest
Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Trautschold
Female Nude Holding On To A Staff - Pierre-Paul Prud'hon - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Female Nude Holding On To A Staff
Pierre-Paul Prud'hon
Christ Calling the Apostles James and John  1869 - Edward Armitage - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Christ Calling the Apostles James and John 1869
Edward Armitage
Robert Fulton's (1765-1815) steamboat the Clermont... - Richard Varick De Witt - www.romanticism-in-art.org
Robert Fulton's (1765-1815) steamboat the Clermont...
Richard Varick De Witt

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