The ceiling: a comparison of styles
Learn to compare different ceiling styles, from Baroque to Late Neoclassical
ROCOCÒ (LATE BAROQUE) – 1700-1750
The ceiling is a hybrid of three styles: the symmetry and theatricality of the Baroque are still respected, but some decorative details, such as small scenes and decoration with C and S scrolls are typical of the Rococo style. The straight decorative fascia with repeated motif are typically Neoclassical.
NEOCLASSICAL – 1750-1800
EMPIRE (LATE NEOCLASSICAL) – 1800-1840
The linearity of the structure and the bas-relief decoration, the painting with Roman figures are still typically neoclassical, but the gilded decorations resembling gilded bronzes as like as happens with Empire style furniture, denoting a transitional style between the neoclassic style and late neoclassical of the Napoleonic era, the Empire style.The high presence of military decorations, and the fascia with griffins confirms the style.