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Baroque & Rococoby Mattia Reiche
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An era of exuberant creativity is the focus of this magnificently illustrated, competitively priced new art book. Baroque art was characterized by unbridled emotion, intricate decorative flourishes, and a dramatic use of light, reaching its summit in works such as Berninis magnificent altarpiece, The Ecstasy of St. Theresa. Over time, this robust genre evolved into the more ornate and sensuously playful Rococo, a style epitomized by the opulent paintings of Watteau. This beautifully produced exploration of both movements guides the reader through more than a century of art history—exploring the lives and works of sculptors such as Bernini, painters such as Watteau, Boucher, Rubens, and Hogarth, and architects such as Christopher Wren.
Book News Annotation:
Barocco, Rococó originally served as a chapter in I Grandi stili dell-arte edited by Gloria Fossi and published by Giunti Editore in 2006. Patrick McKeown, who is not further identified, translated the text from Italian. Art historians Bussagli and Rieche treat the two schools separately, first exploring general features, then surveying leading figures. They begin with baroque, discussing such matters as its theatricality, painting, architecture, lights, landscape, furniture, and the art of transportation. Perspectives on rococo include the historical background, sanctuaries and faith, the capriccio, the nude and eroticism, fashion, porcelain and chinoiserie, Arcadia, and etchings. Annotation Â©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Marco Bussagli and Mattia Reiche, individually and in collaboration, have authored many respected works on art and art history.
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