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Baroque and Rococo

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In a typical timeline of Western art history, the Baroque period follows the Renaissance and ranges from the early 17th to the late 18th centuries; Rococo style refers to the end of the period and is also called “late baroque.” Baroque art and architecture is characterized by decorative elements and flourishes that create a sense of grandeur. Baroque works elaborate on the Renaissance’s Greco-Roman motifs by dramatizing lighting, composition, and emotion. Rococo art uses a lighter, softer color pallet and subjects idyllic genre scenes, typically of court life or mythology.

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"Not in Good Taste": The Birth of Baroque
"Not in Good Taste": The Birth of Baroque

The Italian Renaissance was a hard act to follow. In its most exceptional years, known as the High Renaissance (c. 1500–1525…

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Barcelona: Europe’s Underrated Underdog

Few cities have taken more beatings than Barcelona. In 1650, it was ravaged by the plague. Half a century later, its native…

When Paris Became Paris
When Paris Became Paris

Writing about the history of art in Paris in less than a 1000 words is like the Monty Python skit in which game show contest…

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Ubaldo Gandolfi
Ubaldo Gandolfi
Italian, 1728–1781
Jean-Étienne Liotard
Jean-Étienne Liotard
Swiss, 1702–1789
Jean-Bernard Restout
Jean-Bernard Restout
French, 1732–1797

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