Neoclassicla vs. Rocco Style

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The differences between Rocco and Neoclassical Art in the neoclassical period focused on portraying political truths of that time in a dramatic way. This period played a role in influencing French revolutionists, while rococo art was more decorative and light. Rococo was a decorative style based in France most often used in interior design, painting, architecture, and sculpture. Normally associated with the reign of King Louis XV, the movement actually began in the 17th century. With the rise of the middle class, the death of Louis XIV at this time, the high society in Paris became the pinnacle of fashion. Rococo was a light, ornamental, and elaborate style of art, identified by elegant and detailed ornamentation and the use of curved, asymmetrical forms. The style appealed to the senses rather than intellect, stressing beauty over depth. The movement portrayed the life of the aristocracy, preferring themes of romance, mythology, fantasy, everyday life. The Rococo style is sometimes considered to be the end of the Baroque period and was eventually replaced by Neoclassicism during the American and French Revolutions at the end of the eighteenth century. Neoclassicism was a reaction in the direction of order and restraint. Generally speaking, this reaction developed in France in the mid-seventeenth century and in England thirty years later; and it dominated European literature until the last part of the eighteenth century. The ideal style is lucid, polished, and precisely appropriate to the genre of a work and the social position of its characters. Tragedy and high comedy, for example, use the language of cultivated people and maintain a well-bred tone. Structure, like tone, becomes more simple and unified. In the Rocco styled room on the slide is an oval-shaped room, where an onlooker is greeted by an elaborate display of gilded stucco decoration on the walls
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