More Discussion Questions, Unit IV

  • Discuss the major changes to England in the seventeenth century.
  • What are the characteristics of seventeenth-century French Drama?
  • How would you describe classical baroque?
  • Describe the Rococo style in painting.
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  1. Richard Robinette

    The rococo style was originally created in France and was created for the French elite. Rococo style was tied or associated with religion and class. Jean-Antoine Watteau was a specialist in rococo paintings. These paintings often showed the elite or aristocratic couples wearing fancy clothing or costumes. The paintings showed these couples in an almost staged looking scene portraying the images of the elite to the on looking eye. Soft pastels were used to evoke nostalgia and melancholy. Watteau often used air, lightness, and grace to demonstrate his settings.

  2. Tammy Hurt

    Rococo style portrays the intimate world of the aristocracy, dressed in sumptuous clothing, grouped in parks and gardens, and often accompanied by costumed actors. The bucolic settings were filled with air, lightness and grace, a contract to the occasionally heavy-handed baroque. Some tumultuous scenes depict the passions and ecstasies of the saints, the rococo focused on smaller, gentler moments, usually involving love of one variety or another. Intense colors are used to convey feelings of power and grandeur, and used soft pastels to evoke nostalgia and melancholy.

  3. The way to decribe Rococo stlye painting is: French art. It has sometimes been called Louis xv style. Frivolous or merely fashion, delicate colors and curving forms. Cherubs and mytrhs of love, like a make believe setting. Some paintings showed sort of a naughtiness or impurity in the behavior of the subjects. Main focus was decorative, lavishing art.

  4. Classical Baroque was less flexible rythms, (less hummable). Heavy ornamentation and prepetual motion counter points. More moods of color changing throughout a single piece, large importance of dynamics. Musical quality changing from the harpsichord to the piano and dimishing the organ. Emerged also was the sonata form

  5. Beth Buechler

    Classical Baroque originated in Rome. Unlike most places that had baroque style which the churches had many effects on, in France, there were two major influences on the art. The churches had very minimal effects. They were: the rulers and royal ministers, and the pervasiveness of the classical values of simplicity and vital dignity. The most glorious of the classical baroque architecture style is The Palace of Versailles. It is located in Versailles, France. It was a former hunting lodge and was transformed into a glorious palace by Louis XIV. The hall of mirrors is the most famous room in The Palace of Versailles. The best classical baroque style artist was Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665). He spent much of his life in Rome. He was well known for his unique style called a detached style. A great example is Landscape with Orpheus and Eurydice. It represents humanlike figures that are in a vast, atmospheric landscape. It’s somewhat mystical looking and gives a lot of imagination to it. The stillness in the piece of art is mythical.

  6. Jimmy Combs

    Rococo style was born from the Baroque era during the Enlightenment. This style of painting demonstrated the new optimism and positive outlook on life of the French people. The term Rococo is derived from the word “rocaille”, meaning “rock work”. The style differed from previous artwork by avoiding symmetrical and clean lines. It was more abstract with “light, casual, irregular designs”. The colors were mostly pastels with graceful and delicate depictions of characters. Artists of the time paid a lot of attention to fine detail. Rococo is seen as the “climax and fall of Baroque art”. It was eventually replaced by Neoclassicism.

  7. Jimmy Combs

    Baroque is a period of time known for it’s fancy and grand developments in architecture, painting, literature and drama. This style began around 1600 and was encouraged by the Roman Catholic church. It quickly spread throughout Rome, Italy and Europe.

  8. Nathan Laughlin

    Rocco style painting was part of the French Baroque eighteenth century period also known as the “Late Baroque.” Louis XIV was the king at this time which who influenced this style of art. It started out as more of an architecture art and furniture and lead to painting and sculptures. To explain the style it was very elaborate but playful and lightful that overall was very flamboyant and rich.

  9. Keeley Browning

    The term “Rococo” describes a movement in the arts in the early 18th century, in France. “Rococo” is derived from the word “work” or “shell work” a favorite motif of time. It stresses purely ornamental, light, casual, irregular design. The Rococo style is characterized by pastel colors, gracefully delicate curving forms, fanciful figures, and a light hearted mood. Extreme highlights are placed on the subject matter and the overall work is light in the color, effect, and emotion. Artists paid special attention to fine detail. Form is characterized by delicacy of color, dynamic compositions, and atmospheric effects.

  10. Amber Franzell

    ~The rococo style is painting was a style that grew out of the baroque style but this style was more intimate and personal and emphasized the frivolous and superficial side of aristocratic life. Many or few intense colors are used in this style of painting to convey the feelings of power and grandeur. The artist used soft pastels to evoke nostalgia and melancholy. The rococo style arose in France in the waning years of the Sun King’s reign. This style portrays the intimate world of the aristocracy, dressed in sumptuous clothing ,grouped in parks and gardens, and often accompanied by costumed actors. This style was created fir the French elite almost single-handedly by the Flemish painter and decorator Jean-Antoine Watteau.
    ~Classical Baroque originated in Rome approximately around 1600 which was encouraged by the Roman Catholic Church.The rulers and the royal ministers provided rich commissions that helped to shape the classical baroque, giving this style a secular focus and identifying it with absolutism. So in this time period there was pretty much rulers and royal ministers. This time period developed in Architecture, literature, drama, and the most important was painting. Classical Values dominated baroque painting in France even more completely than architecture (page 422). In architecture the palace at Versailles was the consummate architectural expression of the classical baroque.

  11. charletta smith

    Rococo style painting is described as French art or Louis XV style art. Its main focus was decorative lavishing art. The painters use delicate colors and curving forms. Portraits, cherubs, and myths of love were very popular. Some of the rococo style paintings did have naughtiness or impurity in them. Landscapes were also popular and mostly showed people during outings.

    Classical Baroque come from rome around 1600 it was encouraged by the roman catholic church. Rulers and royal ministers gave rich comminssions which helped shape the classical baroque giving it a secular focus and identifying it with absolutism. This time period developed in Architecture, literature, drama, and painting.

    In the 17th century England James I began a new dynasty; also he ended the long war with Spain. James I made the new translation of the bible, the King James Version. The English civil war happened and the 2nd English civil war after those independent churches formed. Charles was put on trial for treason and was found guilty. Parliament passed an act abolishing monarchy and the House of Lords also during this time. Charles I was executed and a new constitution was drawled up called Instrument of government. After that England fought a war with the Dutch.

  12. Kayla Harrell

    Rococo is an ornate style applied for art and interior design. Rococo describes a movement in the arts of the early eighteenth century. It took place in France. Rococo was born in the age of the enlightenment, from the Baroque era. The rooms were designed with small sculptures, mirrors, wall paintings, and furniture. Rococo is derived from a word that has a meaning of rock/shell work. This style was seen as both, the good and the bad of the baroque art. The Rococo style painting eventually grew out of the baroque style era. The movement began in French at the end of Louis XIV’s reign and rapidly spread across Europe (seventy two years). Rococo art style produced a make believe/ game playing world. The rococo art style involved pastel colors, good curving forms, and figures. All the art work is light; which is obvious because it involves pastel colors, not bright/neon colors. The art work was never plain or it was never simple. The artist of this style paid close attention to all of the fine details in each piece of art work. One of the first artists of this style was Antoine Watteau. He liked to create asymmetrical art work. This art style grew out of the baroque era and was replaced by the neoclassicism style; which is a more serious style. After doing research, I found Rococo art style very interesting and informative.
    Kayla Harrell

  13. Kayla Harrell

    Classical Baroque was originated in Rome around 1600. The classical baroque was encouraged by the Roman Catholic Church. This period was developed in architecture, literature, drama and painting. The art work in this time period is characterized by rich, deep colors, great drama, and powerful light and dark shadows. The royal ministers and rulers provided rich commissions that helped to shape the classical baroque. It gave it a secular focus and identified it with absolutism. The most famous artist during this period was Nicolas Poussin. He spent most of his time in Rome. He was well known for his detached style; which was unique. The Palace of Versailles is the most famous of the classical baroque architecture style. This famous work is located in Versailles, France. This palace was transformed by Louis XIV. It was first a hunting lodge, and then was transformed into the beautiful palace. The most visited room in the palace is the hall of mirrors.
    Kayla Harrell

  14. Kayla Harrell

    During the seventeenth century a few major changes took place in philosophy and science. The genius of the seventeenth century was Isaac Newton, which was also called a natural philosopher. In the seventeenth century newly invented machines became a part of the daily and economic lives. Also in the seventeenth century, science of astronomy evolved from astrology and the science of chemistry developed from medieval alchemy. In the seventeenth century James I made the new translation of the bible. The English civil war took place during this time period after the independent churches formed. Also, Charles was put on trial for treason and was found guilty on this trial. There was a lot of changes that took place during the seventeenth century. (This is not all of them).
    Kayla Harrell

  15. Nicholas Reichert

    The Rococo style in painting is conceived on a more intimate scale than the Baroque and committed to lighthearted subjects and themes. The Rococo style became more popular in France during the final years of the Sun King’s reign. After the king’s death in 1715, the Baroque style went away and Paris once again became the capital of art, ideas, and fashion in the Western world. The Rococo style was created by a Flemish painter named Jean-Antoine Watteau. Furthermore, the painting style was produced for the French elite. The Rococo style spread throughout Europe. In England the Rococo style was not accepted because erotic undercurrent and sexual themes offended the Protestant middle-class sensibility. Some of the famous Rococo style painters were Jean-Antoine Watteau, Elisabeth-Louise Vigee-Lebrun, Francois Boucher, and Jean-Honore Fragonard. Watteau specialized in painting that depicted aristocratic entertainments. In his paintings he portrayed the intimate world of aristocracy, dressed in sumptuous clothing, grouped in parks, and often accompanied by costumed actors. In Watteau’s painting, Departure from Cythera, many new values of the Rococo style can be seen. This painting depicts a smaller, gentler moment and involved romantic love between two aristocratic lovers. Rococo style differed from Baroque in the colors that were used. Baroque used more intense colors, while Rococo used soft pastels to evoke nostalgia and melancholy. Francois Boucher’s paintings were characterized by unabashed sexuality and showed that the style was becoming increasingly more offensive. Elisabeth-Louise Vigee-Lebrun became one of the best court portraitists of the century. Lastly, Jean-Honore Fragonard was considered one of the last great French Rococo painters. He brought back Watteau’s style of Rococo with debonair themes.
    The Rococo style was not just depicted in paintings during that time it was also shown in interior design. Rocaille was a major Rococo design element, which is fanciful stucco ornaments in the shape of ribbons, leaves, stems, flowers, interlaces, arabesques, and elongated, curving lines applied to walls and ceilings. The effect is to make solid surfaces look like fleeting illusions. Designers also used mirrors to further the effects and trick peoples senses. Lastly, chandeliers were used to provide a jewel-like lighting. These three aspects of the room created a glittering, luxurious setting for an ultra refined society. France’s royal architect was Germain Boffrand, he helped increase the popularity of the Rococo style with his “Salon de la Princesse” in the Hotel De Soubise in Paris.

  16. Nicholas Reichert

    The Classical Baroque style is very extravagant and full of details. The Louise Le Vau and Jules Hardouin-Mansart palace in Versailles is a magnificent piece of architecture. It is in the style of the Renaissance, but the overall effect is dignified yet regal. The Hall of Mirrors is a beautifully designed hallway inside of the Palace at Versailles. Its original function was a throne room for Louis XIV. The hall is decorated with Baroque profusion, including wood parquetry floors of intricate design, multicolored marbles, ceiling paintings depicting military victories, and gilded statues at the base of the paintings. The arched, painted ceiling is the most striking aspect of this hallway in my opinion. I wish I could see more of the details in this hallway because it is absolutely stunning. The Classical Baroque style has a very grand feeling in the architecture.

  17. Samantha Cotton

    Basic points of the theories of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke are relatively different. Hobbes believed man needed a ruler to guide them; Locke disagreed and said there was no need for one individual to be in charge of making all the decisions. John Locke believed divine and natural law are consistent and can overlap in its content but they are not coextensive and that sensations of objects come from powers in the objects themselves. Although these two individuals have many things not in common they both thought some sort of leader was completely necessary in order for a country to flourish and thrive and that without someone as a ruler the country would not succeed or remain intact.

  18. Samantha Cotton

    Classical Baroque was a time of exaggerated expression and drama. These characteristics were visible in their art, music, architecture and literature. Baroque art was intense and detailed and is viewed as one of the most compelling periods of Western art. After looking up more information of this period I have learned that like many other time periods; music was the last of the arts to develop and that the Baroque is considered one of the most productive times when it comes to music, art, architecture, sculptures and literature. Baroque music was designed to fit moods and affections; if a song began with an upbeat and happy melody then that’s the way the song would finish-same for songs expressing anger or sadness. Classical Baroque architecture is viewed as possessing a mass of dramatic intensity and embellishes emotions. It is also a visible statement of power as well as wealth of the church. This style spread throughout Europe and Latin America by the seventeenth century and found its expression in grand palaces found commonly in Europe. The Baroque age of literature show an abundance of metaphors, hyperboles, and antitheses. This is when authors began evoking strong emotions from their readers aiming toward moving them in a way that had not been seen.

  19. Julia Pike

    The Rococo style in painting was created in France around 1715. Four painters in particular are well known for their Rococo style painting, Francois Boucher, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Elizabeth-Louise Vigee-Lebrun (one of the few famous women painter), and most importantly Jean-Antoine Watteau (a Flemish painter). The Rococo style was very well accepted by the aristocracy of most of Europe, but because of it sensuality, England rejected it. The common themes of the Rococo style are erotic and sexual, portraits, mythical subject, cherubs, and aristocratic entertainment. Rococo style painters used delicate, subdued colors and curving forms.

  20. The Baroque period was a time of art…..sculpture and exploring the wonders of music. It was an era that allowed for great composers to become recognized for the pieces of work in which we study today. This era embarked upon many artistic avenues. Avenues in which have paved the way for fantastic pieces of art work to be examined and explore expression.

  21. The basic points of the theories of Hobbes and John were simply that Hobbes perspective of man was that they were against each other always. John felt as though a chance should be given to man. Which, is why he believed that man could function as long as government is present. The only thing the two ever had in common or agreed on was the natural laws.

  22. Nicole Durbin

    To me I don’t think there were many changes but many new things. The seventeenth century is known for the many scientific inventions and theories along with it look into the other planets and stars. Also during this time was the war which brought many different life changes. Different church being opened, more curious people and where people wanted a lager say on what was going on.

    Rococo painting was very popular during this time all around the world. The four main artist at the time were Francois Boucher, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Elizabeth-Louise Vigee-Lebrun and Jean-Antoine Watteau. This style of painting was so popular because of the nude and different style used. The colors and shapes were completely different from everything they had seen until this point. Who doesn’t like new things?

    Nicole Durbin

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