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eclecticism (ĭklĕkˈtĭsĭzˌəm) [key], art style in which features are borrowed from various styles. It was once applied to the Carracci, who incorporated elements from the Renaissance and classical traditions. Among the most influential advocates of eclecticism were Sir Joshua Reynolds and John Ruskin.

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