Rollercoaster of Arts and Architecture Brought About by Napolean Bonaparte

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Rollercoaster of Arts and Architecture
Before the 1800’s, Europe went through many trials of major events, both good and bad, that gave people new outlooks on the world and changed many of their lives. In particular, the way art was developed and appreciated changed dramatically in most part because of the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte. Soon enough art would become a way for people, (even those without high-level education) to express themselves. The new styles of architecture and visual arts that Napoleon introduced in France sparked new eras of art like Romanticism that he used to make himself popular; it caused Napoleon to be noticed, not just because of his military conquests, but also because of his artistic vision and innovation.
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For a long time, architectures had rounded arched vaults, God-like images, and represented Gothic style that began in 1140’s. As time progressed, styles began to change. During the 1000’s, a period of reconstructing in Europe, churches were built that had a Romanesque theme to them. An example of the theme would be the Abbey Church influenced by Abbot Suger. With these new creations, the shapes seen in building were beginning to differ than before. The arches of the building were pointed instead of rounded; and there was a three dimensional that gave buildings a more natural look. The new styles of art and architecture could be seen in the buildings Bonaparte had created. A building that was created lorded by Bonaparte was Arc de Triomphe, he wanted it to be in honor of his French Army, the Grande Armee. The building’s texture was neoclassical (Leland, Lelan M. "Arc de Triomphe."). A new era, called The Renaissance began in Italy and in French it meant “rebirth”, it eventually moved throughout other countries in Europe. The Renaissance was a return of learning arts of the traditional age, and Renaissance artists focused on the human figure. Strange colors and unusual sculptures and painting were added. The architecture of the Renaissance continued to be Gothic but added coloring to the churches. Neoclassicism was a new style/term
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