Style of 18th century interior design and architecture associated with the French court during the reign of Louis XV.

The somewhat over-elaborate style, was beyond its overloaded appearance a delicate refinement of the high Baroque as imported from Italy. The Palace of Versailles was very much created in the rococo style.

Rococo painting was frivolous. Today many consider the painting of the era as work possessing glib charm, beneign naivety and artificiality. However, there were some noteworthy exceptions such as Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721), Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), and François Boucher (1703-1770).

The Sculpture, on the other hand was refined and had left the shackles of classicism with the works of Cloidon and Tiepolo.

You can read more about Rococo in this article.

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