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date: 02 April 2020


A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art

Ian Chilvers,

John Glaves-Smith

A term that usually refers to a major revival of the ideals and forms of ancient Greek and Roman art in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, but which in the context of modern art is applied to a more limited revival of the spirit of classicism among avant-garde artists, most notably in the second and third decades of the 20th century, marking a reaction against the experimention of the early years of the century. Other terms for this phenomenon include ‘the New Classicism’, ‘the classical revival’, ‘the return to order’, and ‘the call to order’ (this last being the title of a book by ... ...

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