Baroque Art

Rococo Art

Differences between Rococo and Baroque Art

Rococo and Baroque Art

Mackenzie Stovall, Ashley Batliner, Malerie Martin, Jacqueline Schmitt, Megan Zirnheld
Most government and church authorities felt they had a sacred duty to defend the old order. The most common defense system used was through censorship of writers and books. Writers fought back by disguising their ideas in fiction pieces. Ideas spread through salons as well as books and pamphlets. They used their art skills that were evolving along with enlightenment ideas to form their different and unique styles of art. The two most popular styles of art were the Rococo style and Barpque style. Baroque came first followed by Rococo which was less intense and formal than Baroque. Baroque was a very formal and opulent type of art whereas Rococo was light, elegant, and charming.

During the 1700’s and 1800’s people saw a massive increase in philosophic advances. Both the Baroque style and Rococo styles show these changing times. Rococo style is much less religious than Baroque. These styles were also showed with more color and more emotion than previous styles, especially in Baroque. Violent scenes are not uncommon. Although, there are differences in these two styles. The Baroque style reflects the times. As advances swept the world and people began to be less and less devoted to God. Other subjects included soldiers, self portraits, and scenes of god. Rococo art, however, there are almost no religious arts. While some churches were decorated and built in the Rococo style, there is almost no evidence of religion in paintings. This is also a reflection of the times. Rococo was in style during the 1800’s, known as The Age of Enlightenment. Rococo style also reflects the satirical bent of the times. Rococo art finds humor in life, and makes fun of it. Rococo style was often times criticized by philosophes because it was seen as superficial and unimportant. But all in all it was very popular among the upper class, and soo after the middle classes as well. In Baroque art life is fleeting, empty and pointless. Baroque style focused mainly on Europe, Rococo enjoyed a sense of the exotic. Figures from the East began to be seen during the Baroque period, but this mainly served to introduce the East. Eastern art didn't really catch on in Europe until the Rococo period.

Baroque was influenced by Renaissance Art and centered in France and Baroque Art by counter- reformation and centered in Italy. Art from the Baroque was is described as naturalistic, because artists drew real-life situations, using perspective. Rococo style is known for its detail and decoration. This art style was also light and playful. Baroque style was the exact opposite. You would describe this kind of style as dark and ominous. Baroque style showed dramatic scenes of saints and history paintings.

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Here are some examples of Baroque Art styles:
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Here are some examples of Rococo Art:

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