classicism

classicistic /klas'euh sis"tik/, adj.
/klas"euh siz'euhm/, n.
1. the principles or styles characteristic of the literature and art of ancient Greece and Rome.
2. adherence to such principles.
3. the classical style in literature and art, or adherence to its principles (contrasted with romanticism). Cf. classical (def. 7).
4. a Greek or Latin idiom or form, esp. one used in some other language.
5. classical scholarship or learning.
Also, classicalism /klas"i keuh liz'euhm/.
[1820-30; CLASSIC + -ISM]

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In the arts, the principles, historical tradition, aesthetic attitudes, or style of the art of ancient Greece and Rome.

The term may refer either to work produced in antiquity or to later works inspired by those of antiquity; the term Neoclassicism usually refers to art produced later but inspired by antiquity. More broadly, Classicism refers to the adherence to virtues regarded as characteristic of Classicism or as universally and enduringly valid, including formal elegance and correctness, simplicity, dignity, restraint, order, and proportion. Classicism is often opposed to Romanticism. Periods of Classicism in literature, music, and the visual arts have generally coincided.

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