Research: Luce Center for American Art

Revivalism

In art and design, revivalism is the invocation of past styles. The art of ancient Greece and Rome, and to some extent that of Egypt, is the foundation of Western art. At various times in history, interest in ancient art refocused Western art. The Renaissance, at its height in the fifteenth century, is the most famous of these revivals of classical art. In the late eighteenth to the early nineteenth century, there was another moment of intense interest in the classical past and Egypt that we call Neoclassicism. Other revivals invoked less-distant styles. The Rococo Revival of the mid-nineteenth century was inspired by the Louis XIV and Louis XV styles, whose curvilinear designs and keen interest in the realistic depiction of nature had flourished less than a century earlier in France. As the United States became more secure economically and politically at the end of the nineteenth century, its citizens began to look to their own colonial past, launching the Colonial Revival style.

17 objects are included in this theme. They are arranged into 6 groups:
Colonial
Neoclassical
Gothic
Rococo
Egyptian
Renaissance

Colonial
1993.156 R. J. Horner
Desk, 1890-1895

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Neoclassical
04.300 Margaret Foley
Head of Prophet Zephaniah, 1868

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41.1 Charles-Honoré Lannuier
Pier Table, ca. 1815-1819

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41.1181 Unknown
Sofa, ca. 1830

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55.14 Hiram S. Powers
The Greek Slave, 1869

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88.24 John Finlay
Center Table, ca. 1825

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Gothic
26.153 Georg J. Lober
Statuette "Madonna", 1925

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Rococo
86.4 Leon Marcotte
Table, ca. 1865

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1998.89 Cornelius & Baker
Candelabrum, ca. 1853

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Egyptian
86.81 Kimbel and Cabus
Pedestal, 1865-1875

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Renaissance
12.919 Elihu Vedder
Rome Representative of the Arts, 1894

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22.1958.3 John Flanagan
Portrait Medal of Walter Griffin, 1919

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22.1958.6 John Flanagan
Portrait Medal of Joseph Pennell, 1919

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22.1968 Olin Levi Warner
Florence Wyckoff, 1889

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23.288.4 Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Homer Schiff Saint-Gaudens, Modelled 1882

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68.158.2 Abbott H. Thayer
My Children, ca. 1896-1910

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79.36 Will Hicock Low
Love Disarmed, 1889

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