What Is Rococo Art?

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Rococo art was created upon the end of the Baroque period, and it is characterized by intentional visual redundancy, elaborate filigree, gold leaf, rosy nudes and romantic images. Learn about the controversy of Rococo art with information from an art historian, critic and curator in this free video on art.

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Hi, Dr. Betty Brown here. The topic is rococo art. The rococo period, is a period in European history, that follows upon the end of the Baroque period, and comes all the way up into the time of the revolutions, that ripped through Europe and the Americas. We're not sure about that name rococo. It's possible that it has to do with irregularly shaped pearls, but whatever the cause of its title, rococo art is one which was characterized by intentional visual redundancy. Lots of ornate elaboration, lots of gold, lots of lacy filigree created by stucco, and dripping down the sides of the buildings. Rococo painting was just about as full of frou frou, as the architecture, and there were lots of very pink and very dimply budded nudes, and lots of very romantic paintings. There's a notorious one of a bishop swinging a young lady in a swing, with her lover laying in the grass below her, and getting a straight shot up her skirt. That kind of titillating art, characterized the rococo, and led to a lot of reactions against it, in an alternative, very austere style, called neoclassicism.

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