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Setting the Stage: A Few Notes on Romantic Painting

Two Men Contemplating the Moon (detail)

Kathryn Calley Galitz, Associate Museum Educator

The rise of Romanticism in the early nineteenth century signaled a rejection of Neoclassical ideals. Reason and order gave way to emotion and untamed nature, and the notion of the man of genius captured the popular imagination. This talk focuses on works by Beethoven's contemporaries, including Delacroix and Friedrich, setting the stage for the Romantic revolution.

Above: Caspar David Friedrich (German 1774–1840). Two Men Contemplating the Moon, ca. 1825–30. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Wrightsman Fund, 2000 (2000.51)

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