We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Rococo Art?

Mary McMahon
By
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
Musical Expert is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Musical Expert, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Rococo art is art produced in the Rococo style, a style of artistic expression that emerged in France in the early 18th century; people also refer to this as “French style” art, in a reference to its nation of origin. Art and architecture in this style are characterized by very ornate, fanciful themes and a light air that sets it apart from earlier pieces produced in the Baroque period, which was both ornate and heavy. The Rococo style gave way to the neo-classical school, and many critics of that school dismissed this earlier movement as frivolous and without depth, which explains why some people use “Rococo” as a derogatory word for frivolous artwork and architecture today.

The term is a portmanteau of rocaille, the French word for “shell,” and barocco, the Italian word for “Baroque.” Rococo artwork is characterized by very ornate curves and shell-like shapes on a wide range of scales from ballrooms to side tables. It also typically includes elaborate foliage, animal figures, scrolls, and fanciful design elements. In a marked contrast with the dark, heavy colors of Baroque art, Rococo featured a lot of pastels, gilding, and other elements which made works from this period very light and lacy.

Like most schools of art, Rococo has ardent fans as well as die-hard detractors. Detractors often dismiss this style of art as being light and fluffy, without depth or texture, despite the fact that this is belied by the complexity of Baroque homes, which featured immensely detailed and ornate interior design. Like art from earlier periods, Rococo integrates many symbolic plants, animals, and themes, as someone who takes the time to closely examine it will learn.

While Rococo originated in France, it spread to other parts of Europe, and was adopted with great enthusiasm in Germany, where some excellent examples of Rococo art and architecture can be found today. Many religious structures incorporated elements of this style in their architecture as well. The playful art and design which distinguishes it was often used on a smaller scale, in things like individual pieces of furniture and paintings.

The flourishing of the Rococo period was brief, as social critics pointed to it as an example of the general degeneration of art and society. The more staid Neo-classical style certainly integrated Rococo elements, however, and in some parts of Europe, its fashions endured into the late 1800s, especially in England.

Musical Expert is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a Musical Expert researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments
By recapitulate — On Feb 03, 2011

Rococo art also shows the importance during that time of sentimentalism. While some were ready to move forward into the modern industrial era, others remembered the past, with its nature and beauty, longingly.

By vogueknit17 — On Jan 31, 2011

Rococo art also gained some ground in Italy, particularly in Venice. While it did not have as accomplished painters as some other art movements, it did have its share of beautiful works that have lasted until today.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
Musical Expert, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Musical Expert, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.