AP Art History : Identifying artists, works, or schools of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century sculpture

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Example Question #2 : Seventeenth And Eighteenth Century Sculpture

Psyche Revived by Love's Kiss, sculpted by Antonio Canova in 1787, is an example of what style of sculpture?

Possible Answers:

Baroque sculpture

Neoclassical sculpture

Byzantine sculpture

Rococo sculpture

Art Deco sculpture

Correct answer:

Neoclassical sculpture

Explanation:

At first glance, Psyche Revived By Love's Kiss resembles an Ancient Greek sculpture from the Hellenistic period. Given that this sculpture was completed in 1787 - firmly in the 18th century, we must concede that it is neither Ancient Greek nor Ancient Roman. This sculpture is, in fact, an example of Neoclassical sculpture. Neoclassicism as an artistic style was inspired by Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman art and architecture. This style of sculpture is still being produced today.

Example Question #3 : Seventeenth And Eighteenth Century Sculpture

Works done in the Neoclassical style during the 19th century shared certain characteristics, such as its dramatic emotion, with which other 19th century artistic style?

Possible Answers:

Romanticism

Rococo

None of these

Art Nouveau

Art Deco

Correct answer:

Romanticism

Explanation:

Romanticism and Neoclassicism were both very popular styles during the 19th century. They also shared certain characteristics. Many Neoclassical sculptures, for example, were dynamic and full of drama and emotion, such as Psyche Revived by Love's Kiss. Romanticism is known for its drama, dynamism and the sheer emotion of its compositions, though it is fair to say that emotion was seen as an essential part of Romanticism, whereas it was more of an additional feature to Neoclassicism.

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