‘The arts’ surveys the arts Romanticism inspired. Was Beethoven a Romantic or a ‘classical’ composer? Who are the major figures of Romanticism within music? The prestige of music is explored, with particular attention paid to its dominance in German culture. Where does the Romantic period fall in art history, and who are its major proponents? How long was Romanticism's influence felt for? Is it still being felt today? Was there a ‘Romantic system of the arts’? An examination of content and form across different artistic disciplines tries to answer this question. Was Romanticism a rebellion or a revolution? Was it the most important artistic movement there has ever been?