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Baroque vs Rococo.. the never ending debate

Hmmmmm, the Taurus in me is leaning to skipping them both and plain old neo-classical…

The final determination on this torture they call bathing remains to be made....


In the arts, the Baroque (pronounced /bəˈroʊk/, bə-rohk) was a Western cultural period, starting roughly at the beginning of the 17th century in Rome, Italy.

The popularity and success of the Baroque style was encouraged by the Roman Catholic Church, which had decided at the time of the Council of Trent that the arts should communicate religious themes in direct and emotional involvement.[1] The aristocracy also saw the dramatic style of Baroque architecture and art as a means of impressing visitors and expressing triumphant power and control. Baroque palaces are built around an entrance of courts, grand staircases and reception rooms of sequentially increasing opulence.

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Rococo is a style of 18th century French art and interior design. Rococo rooms were designed as total works of art with elegant and ornate furniture, small sculptures, ornamental mirrors, and tapestry complementing architecture, reliefs, and wall paintings. It was largely supplanted by the Neoclassic style.

The word Rococo is seen as a combination of the French rocaille, or stone garden (refering to arranging stones in natural forms like shells), and the Italian barocco, or Baroque style. Due to Rococo love of shell-like curves and focus on decorative arts, some critics used the term to derogatively imply that the style was frivolous or merely modish; when the term was first used in English in about 1836, it was a colloquialism meaning “old-fashioned”.

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May 20, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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