Eclecticism is a term that derives from Greek and indicates the attitude of one who is inspired by different doctrines, choosing items that more befitting, then make one synthesis.
The eclectic style has always been used primarily in the visual arts. The term was coined in 1700 by Winckelmann who was the first to move this word from philophy to art, referring in particular to the aesthetic doctrine of the Carracci. It is a doctrine that found its ideal model in the drawings by Raphael and Correggio in chiaroscuro.
During the 1800s the term was often used in a negative connotation because the eclectic style differed a lot from the spontaneity that characterized art in the Romantic era.
The industrial development of the nineteenth century allowed many companies to produce objects and artifacts designed to enhance the history of their country of origin. In France, for example, furniture are characterized by the seventeenth century and the opulence of the court of Versailles. In Italy, however, eclectism revives the style of Humanism, and the Renaissance with eccentric Baroque.
Initially, productions were almost true to the original models, with the passage of time, artists, jewelers and cabinet makers have given to their creations a personal and innovative touch.
Today, Eclectic style is often used in home furnishing. It is essential to maintain a harmony, using light colors for background and walls, ideal to highlight the diversity of the furniture. Furnish a house adopting this style may look complicated, but it is indeed extremely stimulating. The antique shops or flea markets can be excellent allies to find vintage pieces to be paired with contemporary high design furniture.
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