Asam Church (Asamkirche), Munich, Germany - 2013 Public Domain
Asam Church (Asamkirche) – 2013 (Public Domain)

Example Illustrated: Asam Church (Asamkirche), Munich, Germany

See the image with the colorful and elaborate façade with usage of curves, scrolls and shells.

Another example: The Wies Church in Steingaden, Germany

The style is referred to as “Late-Baroque” or “Light-Baroque”. It is similar to the original Baroque but more subtle with prominent decorative elements such as curves, scrolls and shells. The style derived its name from “Rocaille” which is a type of art design, originated in France, using shell and coral-like forms. Gentle, flowing movement characterizes the style, with nothing fixed in its homogenous space, designed so that all parts are important without an overwhelming climax (although the main altar retains the most prominent position). Classical forms are transfigured and dissolved into decoration throughout the buildings. Rococo is considered to be elegant, refined and delicate with paler color schemes than its Baroque predecessor. The interior of Rococo churches is the focus and exteriors are similar to Baroque structures. Although the style was developed in France, the most prominent examples of Rococo churches are in Germany.