Impact of the Enlightenment on the Arts of the Romantic period

Closely examine the two paintings below. The first is “Venus Disarming Cupid” by Boucher and is a Rococo work done just prior to the Enlightenment. The second is “Liberty Leading the People” by Delacroix and was painted during the Romantic Period, after the Enlightenment.

Discussion Prompt:

What significant differences do you see in subject matter and treatment from Boucher’s Rococo painting to that of Delacroix’s that reveal the influences of Enlightenment thought upon the arts?

Is there a social or political message, an agenda, or quality of propaganda in each that attempts to further their respective cultural views? Your peer responses should attempt to debate this point.

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