AP Art History : Analyzing seventeenth- and eighteenth-century architecture

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Example Questions

Example Question #4 : Renaissance To Contemporary Architecture

Neoclassical architecture sought to revive the style of architecture prevalent in __________.

Possible Answers:

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Rome

Medieval Germany


Correct answer:

Ancient Rome


Neoclassical art and architecture came about in Europe hand in hand with the philosophical era known as the Enlightenment in the eighteenth century. Just as the Enlightenment reacted against Catholic Christianity and embraced reason over emotion, Neoclassical artists sought to go back to antiquity, to a "pre-Christian" era. Thus, Neoclassical architecture brought back the chief elements of Roman architecture, like columns, domes, and collonades.

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