I've chosen two well known artists to make my point . We'll just look at some drawings here, and paintings at a later date.
This is a quest of mine which I teach in my classes .
CLASSICAL REALISM , as I mentioned previously , comes from the ancient Greek art of The Golden Age in the 5th century BC; this was the age of Pericles and Phidias . The concepts of proportion , form , gesture , anatomy , composition , technique and beauty originated at that time. It was rediscovered and had its rebirth during the Renaissance with Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo as well as others . These concepts continued through the 17th century in the work of Rubens , Velasquez , Van Dyke and many other great artists .
Let's look at Rubens first.
Now let's look at a couple of Bougereau drawings.