Introduction

  • The Apotheosis of Homer plaque, © Wedgwood Museum
  • The Apotheosis of Homer plaque
    © Wedgwood Museum

The classical world – the architecture, art and ideas of the ancient Greeks and Romans - fascinated and influenced European artists and craftsmen, architects and thinkers from the middle ages onwards.

The 18th century saw a revival of the taste for incorporating elements of classical design, in the ‘antique manner’, into buildings, interior decoration and ornamental objects. The fashion reached its climax by the end of the century. In the 19th century the term ‘neo-classical’, which we still use today, was adopted.

This Discovery Pack explains how the fashion for classical style and ideas reached its height and was eagerly embraced by Wedgwood. The heritage of neo-classicism has continued into modern times.

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