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Art history categories

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carla schiller (
Wed, 22 Apr 1998 22:42:45 -0700 (PDT)

I have a question for the group. I've noticed that in different art
history resources, certain 18th century paintings are labeled "Rococo" in
one source, labeled "late Baroque" in another, and labeled "Neoclassical"
in a third. For example, Janson puts Gainsborough in his Rococo section,
yet I've seen this artist grouped in each of the other two categories in
different books.

How do you define/distinguish these periods? Have any of you had this
problem before? Some of my students are taking the Art History AP in a few
weeks and would like to know. I myself find the three periods somewhat
different from each other and am confused by the conflict. I'd appreciate
any helpful advice.


Carla Schiller, Esq.
Teacher, Highly Gifted Magnet
North Hollywood High School, CA
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