“Romanticism is the conceptual school of art. It deals, not with the random trivia of the day, but with the timeless, fundamental, universal problems and values of human existence. It does not record or photograph; it creates and projects. It is concerned—in the words of Aristotle—not with things as they are, but with things as they might be and ought to be.”
This quote really summarizes the core of Romanticism. In Romantic portraits, the soul of a person is seen on the canvas. Instead of being a pictorial representation of the person as they look, the personality and heart of a person can be seen. Like the quote states, Romanticism is not meant to be a record or photograph, but allows the viewers to see past the obvious. The artist has the freedom to express and this is what is at the core of Romanticism. Expressing not only what is seen but what is unseen.