Baroque to Rococo

Ten Lectures Exploring European Art from 1600 – 1750

The first five lectures will describe the Baroque art of the Catholic Counter-Reformation with its emphasis on theatricality, emotion, painterly values and open forms. It will then explain how these values became associated with a language of power and presence that lent authority to rulers in Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Britain, Scandinavia and Russia.

Five more talks will explore the emergence of a more elegant and playful style in each of these areas after the death of Louis XIV. They will trace the development of Rococo subjects such as picnics, hunts and aristocratic pursuits. They will also explain how the makers of elaborate glass and porcelain took ideas from China as well as painters such as Watteau.

Individual talks on Baroque or Rococo art can be arranged with reference to each of the regions described above. The talks have been designed for groups intending to visit these areas but can be reframed to address the work of individual artists by request.