"I have to stay alone in order to fully contemplate and feel nature."

(Caspar David Friedrich)

Romanticism is the 19th century movement that developed in Europe in response to the Industrial Revolution and the Enlightenment values of reason. The movement was characterised by the emphasis on emotion and imagination as well as the glorification of nature with its irrational forces. Whereas Neoclassicism praised the return to the classical beauty and the perfection of the ancient world, Romantic artists preferred to revive medievalism. Explore the Romanticism movement by starting from What is Romanticism? and browse our curated list of artworks from romantic painters such as Théodore GéricaultFrancisco GoyaEugène Delacroix and others.