Baroque & Rococo

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Baroque & Rococo “Culture is the sum of all the forms of art, of love and of thought, which, in the course of centuries, have enabled man to be less enslaved...” - André Malraux (Insp. 2011) Art was the first written language and to study the history of art is to study the history of civilizations and humankind. The Baroque and Rococo styles were movements in Europe around the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. There were many advancements and developments, especially in scientific and philosophical areas. There were also many changes in the European Art. In those times, people began to be less and less devoted to God because of the Reform and Renaissance movements. Both of these styles, the Baroque and Rococo, are important because they reflect these changing times. Although Rococo followed Baroque, these art styles are completely different, except for the fact that the word Rococo is a combination of Barocco and Rocaille (Wiki, 2011). Thus, when artists and people of the Baroque period desired something new and fresh, French artists improvised something they later called Rococo. The Baroque period had a special taste: to astonish, to dazzle, and to create illusions. These are the words that best describe the baroque style. It was basically characterized by obsession with nothingness, violent expressions, pessimism, chaos, confusion, and dramatic lighting and coloring. The Baroque style possesses a heavy tone and usually portrayed with broken lines and curves. Unlike the preceding Baroque style, Rococo was “focused on the carefree aristocratic life and on lighthearted romance rather than heroic battles or religious figures” (Wiki, 2011). The Rococo period, is characterized by its softness, asymmetry and curviness, Rococo is more of a fashion of the 18th century, with bright positive lines, and beautiful intricate curves. Caravaggio was an Italian
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