Origin of baroque
Examples from the Web for baroques
Historical Examples of baroques
And never minding the seed pearls, you've got quarts of baroques there.A Son Of The Sun
To me they presented little but horror—to many they will seem less terrible than baroques.Lords of the Housetops
Most of the baroques are too irregular in shape to have any special name applying to their form.A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public
Frank Bertram Wade
noun (often capital)
Word Origin for baroque
1765, from French baroque (15c.) "irregular," from Portuguese barroco "imperfect pearl," of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Spanish berruca "a wart."
This style in decorations got the epithet of Barroque taste, derived from a word signifying pearls and teeth of unequal size. [Fuseli's translation of Winkelmann, 1765]
Klein suggests the name may be from Italian painter Federigo Barocci (1528-1612), a founder of the style. How to tell baroque from rococo, according to Fowler: "The characteristics of baroque are grandeur, pomposity, and weight; those of rococo are inconsequence, grace, and lightness." But the two terms often used without distinction for styles featuring odd and excessive ornamentation.