Characteristics of rococo art include natural motifs, elaborate carved forms, asymmetrical designs and rocaille. A stylized version of an acanthus leaf is a popular recurring pattern. It was prominent during the mid to late 18th century. Rococo art was chiefly the domain of craftspeople and designers rather than architects, so the style appears primarily in furniture, silver and ceramics more often.Continue Reading
Rococo derives its name from the French word "rocaille," which refers to the rock or broken shell motifs incorporated into the intricate and heavy design work. Some minor regional differences in the style exist. For example, British rococo tends to depict nature with more realistic detail than the French style.
Rococo began in France but quickly spread to other parts of Europe, especially gaining popularity in Germany and Austria. The art style emphasizes lightness and exuberance in its many curling scrolls. It began as a reaction against the heavy, often religious plodding of Baroque art, and the royal designer Pierre Lepautre decorated Louis XIV's bedrooms in the new style. Rather than religion, the subjects of rococo artwork and statuary became love, particularly romantic young couples in the throes of both innocent and erotic affection. Rococo statuary also developed into focusing on highly realistic portrait busts.Learn more about Painting
Paintings of the early 18th century were dominated by the rococo theme, which involved intimate subjects depicted in pastel colors. Near the end of the 18th century, this style gave way to more neoclassical paintings.Full Answer >
Pop art has influenced fashion through the use of various art forms, including fashion illustration, photography and the utilization of prints and designs taken from modern art and popular culture. Some artists that have employed pop art in fashion include Jeremy Scott, Keith Haring, Antonio Lopez, Patricia Field and Andy Warhol.Full Answer >
Art Nouveau is interesting in that is has no simple to define characteristics, although the overall philosophy of the style was to bring the beauty of art to everyday objects no matter how utilitarian they may be, while at the same time rejecting the neoclassical forms that were popular during the time its inception. The term is still applied to a number of artistic works today, as many fall into the overall style of Art Nouveau.Full Answer >
Leonardo da Vinci was best known for his paintings, drawings and technological designs. In addition to these he also worked as an architect and engineer and was reportedly a skilled musician.Full Answer >