THE PARADOX OF ROCOCO ART.

Composite photograph of the interior of Wilhering Abbey Church, Upper Austria, by Wikimedia user “Uoaei1,” licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

The insoluble paradox of rococo art is well illustrated by this photograph, which was Picture of the Day today on Wikimedia Commons. One enters a space like this and immediately feels that it is about the most magnificent thing the human species is capable of producing. Simultaneously, one feels that the decorations could have been even better rendered on black velvet.