Religion has always played a significant role in the world of art, but this role changed dramatically in the Romantic period. No longer were artists as religious in their representation of the church and religion. During this period, they portrayed religion in much the same way as the Classicists portrayed mythology and legend. It was almost as if they didn't believe in it any more. Even though the general movement took place at the same time all over Europe and the United States, the art was dramatically different in each place. However, one of the most common themes was that man was born “good”. This is in sharp contrast to the religious influence of previous eras that expressed that man was born “bad” and was guided to goodness by the church and society. In Romanticism, man was corrupted by society rather than saved by it. Romantic artists were able to travel far more than their predecessors so they were able to see first-hand the subjects of their work. They were no longer bound to imagine simply based upon what they read in a book. They traveled extensively and often women of these lands were described as more exotic than the women that resided at home.Nature also paid an important role in Romantic art. From the landscape of north-eastern United States to the landscapes of England and to the symbolic landscape of Germany nature was a powerful and influential force in the artists mind and soul. Sometimes the violent and unpredictable side of nature was portrayed. The early part of the Romantic period in France overlapped with the Napoleonic Wars, and so this event inspired many of the artists during this crucial time.