Renaissance art ‘all’antica’ (in the Antique style) took much of its inspiration from the sculpture, buildings and writings of the classical world – mainly Rome and its empire, but also ancient Greece.
The style first developed in Italy in about 1400, though its roots were much earlier. Over time, reflecting the classical past became a sign of a fashionable artist or owner throughout Europe.
Ideas about art and design were spread through travel and trade, as well as the new technique of printing.