Rococo: The Altar (FS 23)

Lecture (063-0802-23)
Organizer: Chair Delbeke
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Maarten Delbeke
Time: Fridays 8-9am
Location: HIL E4

Image: Rocaille motieven, unknown, after Franz Xaver Habermann, published by Johann Georg Hertel, Augsburg, 1731-1775, Katalog der Ornamentstich-Sammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek Berlin, dl. 1, p. 23, 135 (1), nummer 169, Public domain,

This course will explore the rationale of an architecture often ostracized as one of make-believe magnificence, feigned piety, superfluous splendor and decorative deviance: the rococo churches of Switzerland and southern Germany. We will approach this architecture from the angles of politics, religion and craft.

Will today’s temperance be legitimized or rather expiated by these encounters?


24.02.2023: Introduction: the problem with rococo film for discussion: Eames movie