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In the arts and architecture, a style that has existed for a long time usually produces a reaction against it. So after the showy style of Europe's so-called baroque era (from about 1600 to the early 1700s), the reaction came in the form of the neoclassical movement, bringing order, restraint, and simpler and more conservative structures, whether in plays, sonatas, sculptures, or public buildings. Its inspiration was the art of ancient Greece and Rome—that is, of classical antiquity. Why classical? In Latin classicus meant "of the highest class", so in English classic and classical originally described the best ancient Greek and Latin literature, but soon came to mean simply "of ancient Greek and Rome", since these were already seen as the highest and best cultures. Neoclassic generally describes artworks from the 1700s or early 1800s (by the painter David, the composer Mozart, the sculptor Canova, etc.), but also works from the 20th century that seem to have been inspired by the ideals of Greece and Rome.
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