formal and contextual analysis 01 rococo

You will write a formal and contextual analysis over the following work of art, Fragonard’s The Swing, c. 1760. Describe the work of art using the analysis terms and concepts. Type an analysis and submit the analysis to

Using the handouts, elements_art, principles_design, from the Getty Institute, and U1: February 03–Formal Analysis (Roman painting) page, analyze the Rococo painting by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Swing. Analyze the work with the terms/concepts listed in the handout: line, shape, etc. Type your analysis using the following template.

Contextual Analysis

[20 mins] Using the handout over contextual analysis and U3: March 13–Contextual Analysis (Caravaggio) page, analyze the painting. Explain possible religious, political, or social issues associated with the work and use some of the questions listed in the handout. Continue to write your analysis down on paper to be submitted.

Read the following description of the Rococo period from Oxford Art Online.

Rococo, style of art and decoration characterized by lightness, grace, playfulness, and intimacy that emerged in France around 1700 and spread throughout Europe in the 18th century. By extension the term is often used simply as a period label—‘the age of Rococo’, referring to the first half of the 18th century. The word was apparently coined in the 1790s by David’s (Links to an external site.) students, wittily combining rocaille (Links to an external site.) and barocco (i.e. Baroque (Links to an external site.)), to refer disparagingly to the taste fashionable under Louis XV. Thus, like so many stylistic labels, it began as a term of abuse, and it long retained its original connotations, implying an art that was, in the words of the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘excessively or tastelessly florid or ornate’. The word was used as a formal term of art history from the middle of the 19th century in Germany, where those followers of Jacob Burckhardt who tried to establish a rhythmic periodicity for the phases of artistic development applied it to the closing and therefore decadent period of any phase. With more recent changes in aesthetic taste the Rococo has come to be seen as one of the major contributions of French designers and artists to the history of European art. 1

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