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Neoclassicism was the dominant aesthetic movement in Europe during the eighteenth century. Artists and thinkers turned to what they understood to be the values of classical Greece and (especially) Rome, valuing order, harmony, balance and tradition in the work of art. In England, the admiration of many eighteenth-century thinkers for Imperial Rome, seen as a model for England’s own expanding empire, led contemporaries to call their period “Augustan” after the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus.


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