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A style in art and decoration that developed shortly before
1600 and remained current in Europe until the emergence of the
rococo style c.1730. It was started in Italy, and
spread to Germany, Austria, the Low Countries, and Spain and Portugal, with
only a somewhat severely classical version being popular in France under Louis
XIV. The style was a development of the Renaissance style and is characterized
by lively, curved, and exuberant forms, by vigorous movement, and by rich
ornament, based on classical sources, being symmetrical as distinguished from
the asymmetry of the following rococo style. During
the baroque period both men and women ceased to bedeck themselves with
ostentatious jewelry and tended to wear quantities of pearls or of jewels with
gemstones playing a larger role than the polychrome effects of enamelling.
Enamelling in restrained style continued to be found on the backs of jewelry,
such as lockets and watch-cases, and in the 1630-80s naturalistic floral styles
predominated, largely as a consequence of the botanical mania then current in
Europe. Diamonds were often used following the discoveries at the Golconda and
Hyderabad mines in India and the new methods of diamond cutting.
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