Rococo came about in late 18th century Continental Europe as the late Baroque style fused together with French elements. The word Rococo comes from the Italian Barocco or Baroque combined with the French rocaille, or shell. The main characteristics of Rococo are shell like curves, elaborate, ornate decorations featuring motifs and asymmetrical scrollwork, and an overall complete feel, as rooms were decorated as total works of art combining fancy furniture, sculptures, tapestries, decorative mirrors, reliefs and wall paintings. Rococo was replaced by the neoclassic style.

  • Prague Rococo Architecture | Archbishop's Palace Palace of the Archbishop

    In 1420 a mob of angry Hussites burned down the original palace of the Archbishop, leaving ruins of what was. Ferdinand I of the Habsburg dynasty decided to build a new structure to take place of the original palace and commissioned the new Archbishop Palace, first built in the style of the Renaissance, then Baroque, then in the 18th century the palace was rebuilt in the Rococo style. Standing guard over the entrance to Prague Castle and serving as the...

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  • Prague Rococo Architecture | Kinsky Palace Kinsky Palace

    On one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, sits the lovely neo Rococo Kinsky Palace with its delicate pink and white stucco facade. Between 1755-65 it was built for Jan Arnost Goltz, on the grounds of two old hotels. Goltz wished for a Rococo palace that would feature two entrances under two balconies and a balustrade on the first floor. The Kinsky family would become the new owners after the death of Jan Arnost Goltz and reside in the...

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