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Definition: classicism from

Chambers 21st Century Dictionary

1. in art and literature: a simple elegant style based on the Roman and Greek priciples of beauty, good taste, restraint and clarity.
2. a Latin or Greek idiom or form.
Summary Article: classicism from The Columbia Encyclopedia
classicism, a term that, when applied generally, means clearness, elegance, symmetry, and repose produced by attention to traditional forms. It is sometimes synonymous with excellence or artistic quality of high distinction. More precisely, the term refers to the admiration and imitation of Greek and Roman literature, art, and architecture. Because the principles of classicism were derived from the rules and practices of the ancients, the term came to mean the adherence to specific academic canons. The Renaissance and Thereafter The first major revival of classicism occurred during the Renaissance (c.1400-1600). As a result of the intensified interest in Greek and Roman culture, especially the works of Plato and Cicero, classical standards were reinstated as the ideal norm in literature. In Florence, the early center of Renaissance learning, Cosimo de' Medici gathered a circle of humanists (see humanism...    Continue Reading

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