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From examples of their painting and drawing, it is evident that the Romans continued to develop the Greeks' discoveries of the means of creating illusions of threedimensional space. They were masters of foreshortening, and they devised sophisticated schemes of atmospheric and linear perspective. Atmospheric perspective is a means by which spatial illusions are created elements with relatively more intensity of tonal contrast and diminution of scale. One treating foreground and more color than those of the distance and background.

So vehemently was he criticized that his friend, the Realist novelist subjects This concept of innovative form in the hands of Mayounger colleagues, the Impressionists, further set the course of modernism toward abstraction. In the 1860s the Impressionists Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Camille Pissarro, Frederic Bazille, Berthe Morisot, Pierre- Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley formed the first of the many groups in the history of the modernist movement. They explored the formal elements of color, tone, and texture, and their sensuous surfaces and overall compositions enhanced not the realism of their scenes but rather the reality of their paintings and drawings — They did not preach his innovation.

Both started from a realist premise in both subject matter and execution. Hitherto, representations of genre scenes ordinary, unidealized people engaged in the commonplace acts of normal existence had been primarily the province of the Netherlandish painters. These artists and their subject mat- — — ter had been deemed unworthy by Italian artists of the High Renaissance because they "merely" represented mundane events and circumstances and employed no ideation or idealization. Caravaggio's tempestuous nature and short to preclude his own served influence from taking deep root in his most original artists of all time, he combine the realism of an acutely perceptive nature lifetime.

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