Claudia Richey, Kersha Pigg, Sonya Ingram, and Ahmed Maloul
Learning Team C
April 3, 2012
Dr. Kimberly Lockwood
Enlightenment and Romantic Periods Top 10 Romantic Period
Architecture # 1
The most recognized building in the world, the Palace of Westminster owes its stunning Gothic architecture to the 19th-century architect Sir Charles Barry. Barry won the chance to design and build in a competition. Architecture during this era was considered to more gothic, darkness and medieval. The Palace of Westminster represents the ideal design of the buildings during the Romantic Period. This was the residence for the Kings of England and is also known as the House of Parliament or Westminster Palace (Field, (2009-10-30). Westminster Palace is somewhere girls and boys of today dream of living when they grow up. It sets forth the imagination of people both young and old.
The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock, and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell. The Clock Tower was completed in 1859 and the Great Clock started on 31 May, with the Great Bell's strikes heard for the first time on 11 July and the quarter bells first chimed on seven September. Big Ben was designed by Augustus Pugin at the request of the main palace designer Charles Barry. (n.d.) People today go to London to see the big clock and hear it chime.
Art # 2
During the Romantic Period the artist expressed his or her individual ideas and emotions, unlike in the Classicism Era. The artwork was very vivid, detailed, and passionate. This period allowed the artist to explore the human heart and add heroism to be viewed in common man while expressing emotions. Francisco Goya’s on the 2nd and 3rd of May displayed emotions during a period of war and heroism. His artwork showed the details of war that civilians were not aware existed. These paintings are in essence what the Internet or media is to the 20th century.
Thomas Cole’s painting of “The Last of the Mohicans” in oil on canvas is breath taking. As a founder of the Hudson River School, he is noted for the romantic realism in the way he depicted the beauty of natural landscape paintings of art. Cole’s conservatism, and fear of environmental damage to the American wilderness, made his paintings with literary ideas, which interfered with his art (Thomas Cole. (n.d.). Artist of the present time try to achieve the greatness of both artists listed from the romantic period.
Philosophy # 3
The philosophy during the Romantic Period was the alternative to the Enlightenment Era. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hagel thought this period explored the possibility of thinking beyond what the eye could see. Determining what Gods plan were for the world and examining the order of life. The philosophy about life and what higher knowledge has for humanity is an ongoing debate. In the 20th century because of this uncertainty religions are continuing to expand hoping to find an answer to the inevitable last days on earth.
Thales, Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Parmenides, and Democritus had been trying to explain the diversity of nature. The object of the studies of the Athenian philosopher Socrates (469-399) was altogether different: he was interested in ethics. It was his axiom that no one would knowingly be a bad thing. So knowledge was important, because it resulted in good behavior. If people are to believe his student Plato, Socrates was always asking people about what they knew, and invariably they had to admit that they did not truly understand what was meant by words like courage, friendship, and love. Socrates was never without critics (Greek Philosophers n.d.).
If people of culture today would live life the way the old philosophers did , we might have less crime and a vast number of highly educated persons in the world.
Literature # 4
The literature during this era was more focused on the individual and not society as a whole. The Romantic