The neo-Renaissance style emerged 20 years after the neo-Gothic, mixing the influences of the Renaissance and Henri II styles. It developed alongside the neo-Gothic when, starting in 1830, artists rediscovered Early Italian painters of the likes of Giotto, new additions to the Louvre collections. Dark wood was in vogue and cabinet makers worked with solid oak and walnut creating large imposing pieces of furniture. This trend continued during the Second Empire.
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