Mask of Vaikuntha Vishnu, late 5th century. Learn more about 5th century masks
A style of painting that was influenced by European academies of art from the sixteenth century onwards. It was characterised by strict adherence to compositional techniques and thematic conventions that emphasised idealised depictions, allegorical themes on mythological and historical subjects, naturalistic colour and polished surfaces. Prominent artists of the style include Nicolas Poussin, Peter Paul Rubens, Jacques-Louis David and Eugene Delacroix.