Baroque & rococo
Rococo in different artistic modesFurniture and decorative objectsThe lighthearted themes and intricate designs of Rococo presented themselves best at a more intimate scale than the imposingBaroque architectureand sculpture. It is not surprising, then, that French Rococo art was at home indoors. Metalwork, porcelain figures and especially furniture rose to new pre-eminence as the French upper classes sought to outfit their homes in the now fashionable style.Rococo mirror and stuccowork inSchloss Ludwigsburgreflect the style's characteristic anti-architectural integration of materials and formsRococo style took pleasure in asymmetry, a taste that was new to European style. This practice of leaving elements unbalanced for effect is calledcontraste.
Still-life, by Portuguese painterJosefa de bidos, c.1679,Santarm, Portugal, Municipal LibraryA defining statement of whatBaroquesignifies in painting is provided by the series of paintings executed byPeter Paul RubensforMarie de Mediciat theLuxembourg Palacein Paris (now at theLouvre),in which a Catholic painter satisfied a Catholic patron: Baroque-era conceptions of monarchy, iconography, handling of paint, and compositions as well as the depiction of space and movement.Baroque style featured "exaggerated lighting, intense emotions, release from restraint, and even a kind of artistic sensationalism". Baroque art did not really depict the life style of the people at that time; however, "closely tied to the Counter-Reformation, this style melodramatically reaffirmed the emotional depths of the Catholic faith and glorified both church and monarchy" of their power and influence. 15 JULY 2014