In 18th-century Europe, antiquities captured the public imagination. As pioneering archeologists unearthed ruins in Athens and Pompeii, artists and craftsmen found inspiration in Greco-Roman art, with its heroic scale, idealized beauty, and keen sense of proportion. This winter, the Louvre surveys Neoclassicism in all its permutations, from Jacques-Louis David's triumphant paintings to the swoony, dark visions of Henry Fuseli. The exhibition also includes architectural studies and furnishings—colonnaded façades, Roman-style curule chairs—as well as marble busts by Jean-Antoine Houdon. Here is a look at the show's highlights.
"Antiquity Rediscovered: Innovation and Resistance in the 18th Century," The Louvre, December 2 through February 14, 2011; .