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The spiritual rococo : decor and divinity from the salons of Paris to the missions of Patagonia

Author: Gauvin A Bailey
Publisher: Burlington : Ashgate, 2014.
Series: Visual culture in early modernity.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A groundbreaking approach to Rococo religious décor and spirituality in Europe and South America, The Spiritual Rococo addresses three basic conundrums that impede our understanding of eighteenth-century aesthetics and culture. Why did the Rococo, ostensibly the least spiritual style in the pre-Modern canon, transform into one of the world’s most important modes for adorning sacred spaces? And why is Rococo still  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gauvin A Bailey
ISBN: 9781409400639 1409400638
OCLC Number: 879552907
Description: xxi, 416 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Contents: Introduction; 'The dream of happiness': the literature of the spiritual Rococo and the Christianity of reason; 'As bizarre a style as ever occurred': Rococo in France; 'Bright shining as the stars': spiritual Rococo in Central Europe; 'Irregular ornament in the finest French taste': spiritual Rococo in Portugal and Brazil; 'O happy vision!': spiritual Rococo in Spain and Spanish South America; Epilogue: 'Superfluous stucco and laughable decoration': Rococo, religion, and the global enlightenment; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Visual culture in early modernity.
Responsibility: Gauvin Alexander Bailey.

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Exploring for the very first time the global reach and spiritual dimension of Rococo decor, particularly in France, Central Europe, Portugal, Brazil, and Spanish South America, this study  Read more...

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