Throughout the course of art history, each period has had a profound impact on how art is shaped today. Each period not only brought a new part to art that is still relevant today, but it also allowed for art to become the diverse field that it is today. An important part of art history came during the Academic Art Period.

What is The Academic Art Period?
The Academic Art Period, which is also commonly referred to as academicism, describes the period where realist painting and sculpture creation became commonplace. The Academic Art period took place through European academies of art, after art academies opened across Europe during the time period. The true-to-life art that was created came from the French Academy of Fine Arts, who has become well-known for its influence in the Academic Art period.

What Are The Characteristics Of The Academic Art Period? 
After coming to life at the French Academy of Fine Arts, the Academic Art period saw significant expansion in the following years. Academic art is typically described as having a mix between the neoclassical art period and the romanticism art period, and has several distinct traits. To begin, pieces with inspiration from the Academic Art period may include an idealized life with a form of landscape included. For some of the pieces that were completed, inspiration was drawn from the Rococo art period, which made use of depicting real life.

The Timeline For The Academic Art Period
In general, the timeline for the Academic Art period ranged from 1790-1900, and had a substantial impact on art history altogether. While the Academic Art period has become known as a more important part of the art history timeline, it was not always considered to be significant within art history. As art as continued to progress, though, more praise has been given to its overall influence on art history.

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