The theory that art not only reproduces nature, but perfects and improves upon it.
The neo-Platonists revived Plato's Theory of Ideas, in which objects are imperfect copies which relate to a doctrine of Ideas and Forms. The 17th-century Italian theorist BELLORI characterized the artist as the key to the revelation of beauty to the spectator, citing as an example the French painter NICOLAS POUSSIN (1594-1665).
In neo-classicism, idealization can be understood as following a canon of perfection.
Also See:· neo-Platonism