Arts in the Enlightenment

by Nicole Steck ~ April 22nd, 2010. Filed under: Chapter 16: The Age of Enlightenment: Rationalism and its Uses, Uncategorized.

Nicole Steck

The Enlightenment was characterized by an increase in thought, literature, philosophy, and the arts. Many of the most striking art forms include architecture and music. Much of the music remains celebrated today, especially that of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Mozart, now one of the most famous composers of all time, lived in relative obscurity throughout his life, never gaining celebrity or especial wealth. A particularly prolific composer, Mozart had written, by the time of his death at just thirty-five, more than six hundred pieces. In fact, in one six-week period, Mozart was known to have composed three separate symphonies.

Other celebrated art forms included architecture, painting, and sculpture; architecture was a well-known form, gaining notoriety during this time due to the increase in excavations of ancient Roman towns.

Overall, the Enlightenment was a time of great change and development in many areas – one of the most notable being that of art.

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