Enlightenment and Romantic Period Team Paper
The Age of the Enlightenment, the period between the years 1650 and 1780, and the Romantic Age between the years 1780 and 1873 represent two eras in which some of the most significant and important cultural and societal changes occurred. The Age of the Enlightenment saw thinkers of the day turn away from theological explanations for our surroundings and existence looking instead for rational and scientific explanations. Changes in the way knowledge was obtained and assimilated would influence research methods from that point forward. The Romantic Age came about as a response to rapid industrialization and the urbanization of Western countries. The proverbial and perpetual search for the human connection to nature and a desire to address issues of social inequality and injustice in the modern era began in earnest during the Romantic Age.
Following are our choices for what we deem to be some of the more significant and influential aspects of these eras in the categories of Art, Philosophy, Architecture, Music, and Literature:
The Age of the Enlightenment
To feed the booming market in the West, Africans were frequently kidnapped by unscrupulous natives who sold the captives to white slave traders (Fiero, 2002). The painting by Johann Mortiz Rugenda entitled “The Slave Ship”, portrays the unspeakable suffering that Africans endured on the voyage from Africa to the America’s. This painting depicts a very telling story and is a very big part of the history of this country.
Art in the Age of Enlightenment was quite often defined by the Rocco style. The Rocco style was often asymmetrical, full of grace and playfulness. Boucher François was one of that period’s leading artists. François was best known for his "fashionably frivolous depictions of rosy-cheeked aristocratic ladies, pudgy puttied, and idealized mythological subjects (Loggia, 2005)."
From a philosophically significant influence, Rene...