Speltz, Alexander / Styles of ornament: exhibited in designs, and arranged in historical order, with descriptive text.
The Barocco ornament, pp. -508
Fumigating Vessel of gilt silver, in the Museum of the Prado in Madrid (L'art pour tcus). THE BAROCCO ORNAMENT. 459 inspiration, and ignored and looked down upon all systems, just the same as the Jugend Style artists of the present day. Under such conditions it is evident that, while a talented artist will be able to create some beautiful work, one without talent can produce nothing but bizarre productions. The whole tendency of the period was simply to create something new and astonishing. The designation Barocco became gradually to be applied also to all those forms of expression, which originating from the antique basis, by the free and varied treatment of the Ornament, gradually grew and developed into the most exaggerated lineaments. At the same period as the Barocco of the School of Michel Angelo, appeared also the Classic of the Palladian School, which worked against the super-ornamental element in the Renaissance, and endeavoured to to go back once more to pure classic models. Both systems strove against each other violently, but the classic gained the victory becoming the prevailing style towards the end of the I8th century.
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