The effort to match classical antiquity—and especially the art of the ancient Greeks and Romans—in artistic style, material, or subject matter. Classicism, which can refer to various kinds of artworks, like painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture, emerged in the Renaissance, and has continued to reappear throughout art history. This kind of art tends to be large in scale, usually represents a human figure or heroic story, and is often characterized by smooth lines and an emphasis on geometrical symmetry.

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