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Baroque and Rococo art and architecture have become popular once more, after a century and a half of neglect, misunderstanding and scorn.
This radical shift in taste has led to a rapid growth of detailed knowledge about the artists who created these exhilarating styles. The famous masters have been reassessed and whole areas of achievement--Italian Baroque painting, German. The famous masters have been reassessed and whole areas of achievement--Italian Baroque painting, German Rococo architecture--have been brought to a new, enthusiastic public. Germain Bazin's engaging survey of this rich subject ranges over all Europe and traces the origins and effects of these two periods of art--from the Counter-Reformation to Neoclassicism, Exoticism and even Art Nouveau.
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Start your review of Baroque and Rococo World of Art. Jan 11, J. Hushour rated it really liked it. It's always a surprising pleasure to read about kinds of art that you have always snootily disdained without really knowing anything about them. It conjures up images of harpsichords and delicate, filigreed string symphonies sawing away banally as the carriage todges over the muddy lanes paved with peasants.
Still not sure what the titular terms mean, I can say this: this is definitely a kind of art that a historical approach benefits. Baroque was the kind of wacky, ejaculatory art o It's always a surprising pleasure to read about kinds of art that you have always snootily disdained without really knowing anything about them. Baroque was the kind of wacky, ejaculatory art of the post-Reformation age, kind of what 70s hirsute porn was to the post-hippie adult entertainment era. Rapturous senses spilled out in sculpture and architecture and painting, though still largely unsecular, began to take a more personal turn, as exemplified by Caravaggio and others.
Rococo seems to have simply been an more orgious turn in representation: asymmetrical and lacking theological grace, but that is its charm. I realize I probably have no idea what I'm talking about, but reading books like this always make me unafraid to make a fool of myself.
Feb 25, Lazarus P Badpenny Esq rated it it was ok Shelves: , art , beauty , christianity , europa , germany , italy , pre-twentieth-century , france , netherlands. Comments immediately following this statement regarding the Counter-Reformation and the deliberations of the Council of Trent seem to deliberately undermine the argument that art is unique from its historical context.
More perverse, considering this opening salvo, is that Bazin then proceeds to divi 'No other period so clearly contradicts the theory of Taine, according to which art is strictly determined by environment. More perverse, considering this opening salvo, is that Bazin then proceeds to divide his study of the Baroque along geographical rather than stylistic lines.
What results is entirely unsatisfactory; the book becomes little more than a well-illustrated timeline, the reader bombarded with lists of artists whilst their place in the Baroque canon is assumed to be, to all intents and purposes, self-evident.
And whilst schools are established based on the influence of particular artists there is very little examination of the motives of these originals. So so-and-so visited Napoli and came under the influence of certain paintings by Caravaggio. Yet there is only cursory contextual discussion about why Caravaggio painted the way he did and why this might have seemed simultaneously so appealing and revolutionary to his peers and which could have been achieved without overwhelming the book's commitment to providing a broad overview.
Having emerged from an extended tussle with Timothy Garton Ash I couldn't help but be reminded of the 'illusion of retrospective determinism' about which Ranke warned and Garton Ash repeatedly refers. Feb 12, Nadette Xuereb rated it really liked it. A bit biased in my opinion, and throwing statements too freely to criticize Italian works of art. Not the strongest book in this series. Dec 28, David Bisset rated it really liked it. Basin writes with tremendous verve and provides many valuable insights.
His style is almost baroque. This is not a criticism, for the baroque period of superb creativity! Ashley Hu rated it really liked it May 24, Teodora Tofan rated it liked it Mar 25, Robert Poortinga rated it really liked it Jul 01, Nancy rated it liked it Aug 17, Jane Doe rated it it was amazing Feb 02, Kelsey rated it really liked it Apr 10, Alexandra Chira rated it it was ok Dec 24, Rein rated it really liked it Jan 15, Garrett rated it it was ok Jul 03, Tugce Firtina rated it liked it Jan 23, Geoff rated it really liked it Dec 02, Joe Carver rated it liked it Dec 30, Mir rated it really liked it Jan 20, Heba rated it really liked it Aug 29, Mark Van Der Veen rated it liked it Apr 28, Chloe Williams rated it really liked it Jul 10, Lucy rated it really liked it Mar 24, Stephen rated it liked it Sep 07, Aloha rated it really liked it Sep 26, Lizzie Devane rated it liked it Nov 05, Izzylf rated it liked it Jul 16, Alicia rated it really liked it Jul 25, Logospilgrim rated it it was amazing Dec 27, Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk rated it liked it Apr 28, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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