The last phase of the Baroque, in which it became lighter in colour and weight. Rococo chiefly refers to a type of 18th-century decoration derived from sinuous natural forms. Chinese motifs may be playfully used.
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The Dizzying Grandeur of Rococo
The late Jacques-Edouard Berger described this exuberantly ornate style in art and architecture, and picked out six Bavarian churches as outstanding examples.
A discussion of this whimsical style, its origins and uses, from the Catholic Encyclopedia, with a bibliography.
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