Rococo (less commonly roccoco) is a style of 18th century French art and interior design. Rococo rooms were designed as total works of art with elegant and ornate furniture, small sculptures, ornamental mirrors, and tapestry complementing architecture, reliefs, and wall paintings. It was largely supplanted by the Neoclassic style.

The word Rococo is seen as a combination of the French rocaille, or stone garden (referring to arranging stones in natural forms like shells), and the Italian barocco, or Baroque style. Due to Rococo love of shell-like curves and focus on decorative arts, some critics used the term to derogatively imply that the style was frivolous or merely modish; when the term was first used in English in about 1836, it was a colloquialism meaning "old-fashioned". However, since the mid 19th century, the term has been accepted by art historians. While there is still some debate about the historical significance of the style to art in general, Rococo is now widely recognized as a major period in the development of European art.

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The Punished Son 1778 - Jean Baptiste Greuze - www.rococo-in-art.org
The Punished Son 1778
Jean Baptiste Greuze
Lavinia Bingham, 2nd Countess Spencer - Sir Joshua Reynolds - www.rococo-in-art.org
Lavinia Bingham, 2nd Countess Spencer
Sir Joshua Reynolds
Bellerophon on Pegasus (detail-1) 1746-47 - Giovanni Battista Tiepolo - www.rococo-in-art.org
Bellerophon on Pegasus (detail-1) 1746-47
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Cajoler 1707-08 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.rococo-in-art.org
Cajoler 1707-08
Jean-Antoine Watteau
The Ladies Waldegrave, 1780 - Sir Joshua Reynolds - www.rococo-in-art.org
The Ladies Waldegrave, 1780
Sir Joshua Reynolds
Restoration Dressing Room c.1789 - Thomas Rowlandson - www.rococo-in-art.org
Restoration Dressing Room c.1789
Thomas Rowlandson
Miss Susanna Gale, 1763-64 - Sir Joshua Reynolds - www.rococo-in-art.org
Miss Susanna Gale, 1763-64
Sir Joshua Reynolds
Still Life Mixed Flowers and Fruit with Birds Nest - Jan van Os - www.rococo-in-art.org
Still Life Mixed Flowers and Fruit with Birds Nest
Jan van Os
The Swing 1767 - Jean-Honore Fragonard - www.rococo-in-art.org
The Swing 1767
Jean-Honore Fragonard
Detail of ceiling painting - Antonio Zucchi - www.rococo-in-art.org
Detail of ceiling painting
Antonio Zucchi
Introducing the Heir - A. Zoffoli - www.rococo-in-art.org
Introducing the Heir
A. Zoffoli
The Colossus of Rhodes, second Wonder of the World - Georg Balthasar Probst - www.rococo-in-art.org
The Colossus of Rhodes, second Wonder of the World
Georg Balthasar Probst

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