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 Nightwatchman - Thomas Rowlandson - www.rococo-in-art.org
The Nightwatchman
Thomas Rowlandson
Naiads and Triton ~1763 - François Boucher - www.rococo-in-art.org
Naiads and Triton ~1763
François Boucher
A Boxing Match - Thomas Rowlandson - www.rococo-in-art.org
A Boxing Match
Thomas Rowlandson
Death of Sophonisba - Giovanni Battista Pittoni the younger - www.rococo-in-art.org
Death of Sophonisba
Giovanni Battista Pittoni the younger
Psyche And Her Two Sisters - Jean-Honore Fragonard - www.rococo-in-art.org
Psyche And Her Two Sisters
Jean-Honore Fragonard
A Little Tighter, pub. by S.W. Fores, 1791 - Thomas Rowlandson - www.rococo-in-art.org
A Little Tighter, pub. by S.W. Fores, 1791
Thomas Rowlandson
The Rape of Europa (detail) 1740-50 - Francesco Zuccarelli - www.rococo-in-art.org
The Rape of Europa (detail) 1740-50
Francesco Zuccarelli
Gothic Bathroom 1810 - Jean-Baptiste Mallet - www.rococo-in-art.org
Gothic Bathroom 1810
Jean-Baptiste Mallet
La Perspective (View through the Trees in the Park... - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.rococo-in-art.org
La Perspective (View through the Trees in the Park...
Jean-Antoine Watteau
Diana Resting after her Bath (detail) 1742 - François Boucher - www.rococo-in-art.org
Diana Resting after her Bath (detail) 1742
François Boucher
Classical Figure - Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin - www.rococo-in-art.org
Classical Figure
Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin
A Jester - Philipe Mercier - www.rococo-in-art.org
A Jester
Philipe Mercier

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