Rococo is one of the art genres that was popular in Europe from around 1720 to 1770 especially around France, Germany, and Austria. The term Rococo comes from the French word, ‘rocaille’ which means decorations shaped of shells.
When the term Rococo was first introduced to the world, it specifically used to explain the handicrafts for the aristocrats, but later on it became used for explaining French art and then, it is used to represent a typical form of art that appeared across Europe. Nowadays Rococo refers to a typical type of art for with creative and self regulating values.
Rococo can be seen as an extended form of Baroque, because it succeeds the main elements of Baroque. They both prefer to use bent, curved and intricate designs, but there are some differences. Baroque designs are more powerful and energetic-masculine, and on the other hand, Rococo designs are feminine, more refined and sophisticated.
Because Rococo mirrored the curved, delicate loyal styles Louis 15th, it was usually used for interior decoration, furniture, and gold/silversmith. The distinctive characteristics of Rococo stands out when it is used in decorative arts, especially interior designs, and the decortions of furniture. Architects at the time excogitated of making a curved indoor structure without making the segmentation being seen.
The interior designs of Rococo was to combine all the elements of paintings,sculpture, craftwork, and mirror on the same basis, so the characteristics of Rococo were also applied to other areas. Furnitures and tableware were made with vibrant and elegant patterns and instead of excessive design, they started using natural designs such as plants or men.