Neoclassical painters were hampered in their pursuit of a truly classical art by the lack of adequate prototypes in ancient painting. There was, however, a profusion of ancient sculpture. Thus, it is not surprising that Neoclassical paintings such as The Oath of the Horatii (see fig. 1.2) should emulate sculptured figures in high relief within a restricted stage
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