In Rochester, MN,
the pickers were tasked with naming the principle design motif often used
in Rococo ornamentation in the bonus round.
Rococo? Rococo refers to an artistic movement that began in the early 1700s.
Defining Rococo might land you on rocky terrain, but the word Rococo can be
broken into parts and mined for clues. The French word, rocaille
, literally refers to stone debris, and is associated with rock and shell
ornamentation. Another French word, coquilles,
translates to shells. The origins of the name Rococo underscore the strong
association between the movement and the shell motif.
Rococo style influenced several art forms, including painting, music,
sculpture, and literature. Furniture-makers and other craftspeople also made
Rococo pieces. Design motifs include elements mentioned by our pickers in the
bonus round, such as acanthus leaves and romantic figures. In fact, romance
imbues many Rococo works with levity and playfulness.
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