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April 21, 2008 Humanities Section 10 The age of Enlightenment was an age of optimism and reform. Even though the Enlightenment dominated the eighteenth century, two important edifying trends were able to appear into the world of architecture. These were the Rococo style, followed by the neoclassical style. Although both completely differ from each other, they helped create the path toward the modern world of structural design we have today. It is difficult to assign one descriptive term to encompass all architecture from 1600-1850, for several independent courses of development were being pursued simultaneously (Roth 397). The differences of the two can be expressed through the origin of creation and architectural developments. Class and culture made a major impact on the development of these arts. Many people claim that rococo style was insignificant compared to the moral and logical style of the neo-classical and that rococo was a degeneration of society. Rococo style was mostly feminist and part of French aristocracy, whereas neo-classical architecture, interior and exterior, was more appealing and widely known among gender and class during the time. The rococo style corresponds to elegant sophistication during the reign of King Louis XV of France. The word rococo is literally French for shell or rock work, which was used for ornamentation. The rise of the new style reveals a rather sudden shift in aesthetic values, a shift inspired by important changes underway in French elite society (Bleiberg 44). The style of the rococo was overall lighter and less forbidding than that of seventeenth century pieces. Primarily for the interior, rococo accomplished the demands of women. Compared to the serious and ornamented baroque style, rococo incorporated the use of pastel and natural forms with linearity. Not to say that there was no ornamentation used, but there was most definitely new styles incorporated within the ornamentation, such as new colors and designs. For example, light pastels, gold, and ivory white were the dominant colors used. As for architecture, new materials, new technologies, and new systems of construction would radically alter traditional building forms and would make completely new building types possible (Moffet 419). As you can see, much of the descriptions of rococo architecture relate to women. 1
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course HUMANITIES 111 taught by Professor Blume during the Spring '08 term at Union.

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