Rococo and Neoclassicism

  1. What are the distinctive characteristics of the Rococo style, and how is it different from the official style of Louis XIV’s court?
  2. What role did Enlightenment philosophers assign to art, and why did they denounce Rococo art?
  3. What makes Jacques Louis David’s Oath of the Horatii  and Death of Socrates typical of Neoclassical art?
  4. Why did Jacques Louis David’s Oath of the Horatii become a symbol of the French Revolution?
  5. What do Benjamin West’s Death of General Wolfe and Jacques Louis David’s Death of Marat have in common?  How do they reflect the new beliefs of the Enlightenment?