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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Detail of ceiling painting - Antonio Zucchi - www.rococo-in-art.org
Detail of ceiling painting
Antonio Zucchi
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
La Gouvernante (The Governess) 1739 - Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin - www.rococo-in-art.org
La Gouvernante (The Governess) 1739
Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin
Illustration showing figures wearing Japanese apparel... - Jean-Baptiste Pillement - www.rococo-in-art.org
Illustration showing figures wearing Japanese apparel...
Jean-Baptiste Pillement
Battle Between Richard I Lionheart 1157-99 and Saladin... - Philip Jacques de Loutherbourg - www.rococo-in-art.org
Battle Between Richard I Lionheart 1157-99 and Saladin...
Philip Jacques de Loutherbourg
Rumor Erat In Casa (There Was A Commotion In The House)... - Cornelis Troost - www.rococo-in-art.org
Rumor Erat In Casa (There Was A Commotion In The House)...
Cornelis Troost
Prayer of the Penitent Monks - Alessandro Magnasco - www.rococo-in-art.org
Prayer of the Penitent Monks
Alessandro Magnasco
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and her Daughter,... - Sir Joshua Reynolds - www.rococo-in-art.org
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and her Daughter,...
Sir Joshua Reynolds
Effects Of Good Government On The City Life (detail) - Ambrogio Lorenzetti - www.rococo-in-art.org
Effects Of Good Government On The City Life (detail)
Ambrogio Lorenzetti
La Danse Champêtre (Pastoral Dance) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.rococo-in-art.org
La Danse Champêtre (Pastoral Dance)
Jean-Antoine Watteau
Arrival of Jean-Jacques Rousseau 1712-78 in the Elysian... - Jean-Michel Moreau - www.rococo-in-art.org
Arrival of Jean-Jacques Rousseau 1712-78 in the Elysian...
Jean-Michel Moreau
Lady Reading in an Interior 1795-1800 - Marguerite Gerard - www.rococo-in-art.org
Lady Reading in an Interior 1795-1800
Marguerite Gerard

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