Baroque art – Matthias Steinl’s Maria Immaculata, Andrea Brustolon’s Jacob Wrestling with the Angel or Franz Stadler’s altar model – shapes Catholic propaganda and the selfrepresentation of the rulers as an emotional experience, as grand theatre. Rococo, the art of the Enlightenment, rejects this kind of glorification. It favours pastel shades, delicate or bizarre figures as well as subdued or grotesquely exaggerated gestural and facial expressions. It parodies and criticizes Baroque art, striving to persuade rather than overwhelm the viewer. Ignaz Günther and Johann Paul Egell, both represented by important works in the Liebieghaus, are among the most prominent Rococo sculptors.
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