Danish Neoclassical Sculptor
Education - Royal Danish Academy of Art
Cause of Death - fever
Description and Origins of the Neoclassic Art Movement
The heart of Neo-Classical movement was centered in Rome, where expatriate artists congregated around the flamboyant German classical archaeologist and art critic Johann Joachim Wincklemann. The Greco-Roman intermingling of realistically observed detail and ideally conceived form has greatly influenced the sculptural styles in the Western art. The period is called neoclassical because its artists looked back to the art and culture of classical Greece and Rome.
Wincklemann wrote about roman archeological excavations and touted the homoeroticism of Greco-Roman art, writing explicit descriptions erotic male sculptures from Classical Antiquity thereby encouraging an interest in Greek antiquities. According to Winckelmanns biographer, Walter Pater, "his affinity with Hellenism was not merely intellectual, that the subtler threads of temperament were inwoven in it, is proved by his romantic, fervent friendships with young men. He has known, he says, many young men more beautiful than Guido’s archangel. These friendships, bringing him into contact with the pride of human form, and staining the thoughts with its bloom, perfected his reconciliation to the spirit of Greek sculpture. "
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References - Richard Muther, The History of Modern Painting, Henry and Co., London, 1896COPY CODE SNIPPET