Rococo is an eighteenth century art style which placed emphasis on portraying the carefree life of the aristocracy rather than on grand heroes or pious martyrs. Love and romance were considered to be better subjects for art than historical or religious subjects. The style in fine art was characterized by graceful movement of the figures, gaiety, curves imbued with sensuality, a playful use of line and delicate pastel colors. The works primarily depicted scenes of amorous encounters, erotic love, light-hearted entertainment, nature and vivacious youths.
Rococo architecture style was distinguished by an intricately detailed and layered style of architecture that emerged in the 18th century in Paris and spread throughout France and Europe. It was highly ornamental, intricate, fantastical, had exuberant decoration, and was flamboyant and elaborate with an abundance of curves, counter-curves, undulations and elements modeled on nature.
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