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Romantic is a descriptive word applied to art, literature and music, chiefly of the early 19th century, which share certain characteristics. These include spirited individuality, overt emotion, drama, and an affinity with the natural world. Artists in the Collection whose work at some time has been called Romantic include Delacroix, Turner, Constable, Gericault and Friedrich.

Romanticism is contrasted with the various forms of Classicism.