The classical style originated in ancient Greece but refers to the art of the Greco-Roman era. The style is distinguished by its emphasis on mathematically precise proportions, balance, harmony and formal compositions.

Some of the most famous examples of classical art include the sculptures of Phidias and Praxiteles and the architecture of the Parthenon. Classical art was also used heavily in propaganda for the political campaigns of the Roman Empire.

Classical art has had a significant influence on subsequent art movements and styles throughout history, including Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, and Modernism.