Monday, May 1, 2017

Rococo to Neoclassicism: the 18th century in Europe & America

  • style of early to mid 18th century
  • emphasis on detailed ornamentation
  • excessive decorativeness
  • superficial subject matter w buoyant pretense
  • innuendo of a sexual nature- impropriety
  • design, furnishings, embellishments
figure 26-9
the swing- Fragonard
woman is overly dressed
forest is overgrown
cherubic figures look startled
her guardian in the bottom right corner
woman is aware of man looking up her dress
figure 26-7
pilgrimage to cythera- watteau
cythera was a made up place
overdressed people
frivolity, high society
party scenes
statue of venus w rose bushes under it- post reveals sex place
figure 26-18
marriage a la mode- william hogarth
he exposed social ills
emphasized class disparities
established the first copyright laws to protect artists
man consented to marry the prostitute

harlot's progress- william hogarth
woman on left will become woman on right
woman on right has syphilis bc she's a madam
wagon of young woman being sold off
cracked wall- moral inconsistency
vessels overturned = loss of virginity
figure 26-23
the grand canal (venice)- antonio canaletto
urban views- veduta/vedute

Neo Classicism
  • style of late 18th to early 19th century
  • rejection of rococo
  • intellectual revival of interest in antiquity due to the archaeological excavations of pompeii & herculaneum
  • linked to the age of reason (enlightenment)
  • interest in a new focus on empirical evidence to explain life which further devalued the catholic church & promoted the abolition of monarchy

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