grand style


Definition of grand style

1 : a literary style marked by a sustained and lofty dignity, sublimity, and eloquence (as often attributed to epic poets)
2 : an artistic style associated generally with 17th and early 18th century European works and characterized chiefly by the idealized representation of the human figure as noble and heroic in emulation of classical and Renaissance artistic prototypes

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“Grand style.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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