Neoclassical > Painting > Intro
Neoclassical painting tended to be heroic or tragic in subject,
often depicting famous events from history or literature. But Neoclassical
principles could be found even in eighteenth-century portraits and
still lifes, at least those in which the compositions were above
all symmetrical and harmonious. Human figures were painted ideally
rather than realistically, and sometimes a little larger than life.
Landscapes features were presented as regular shapes rather than
naturally asymmetrical ones.