A style of art and architecture that emerged from the court of Louis XV of France around 1700 and became widespread in Europe, characterized by opulent decoration, lightness, and light colors.

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Refers to that period primarily of decorative art that emerged in France ca. 1700 at the court of Louis XV, and dominated Europe until it was superseded by the Classical Revival in the late 18th century. The style is characterized by opulence, asymmetry, grace, gaiety, and a light palette of colors, in contrast to the heavier forms and darker colors of the Baroque.

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  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300021155. The J. Paul Getty Trust.