Joseph Nathan Cohen

Department of Sociology, CUNY Queens College, New York, NY


Generating images in the style of Rococo.

This post is an installment in the Generative AI Art Style series, a practical knowledge project designed to help content creators fine-tune the aesthetics of their generated images by references to and descriptions of popular art styles.  Click here to read more on the project.

This page depicts the results of mentioning Rococo in your prompt. Click here to learn about this project

Click here for this visual art style’s Wikipedia page

Generated Thick Descriptor (via Chat-GPT 4): Rococo art, hailing from the 18th century, is marked by exuberant ornamentation, asymmetric designs, curvilinear forms, and delicate pastel colors. This late Baroque style often captures themes from nature with shell, flower or vine motifs. A hallmark of this style is trompe-l’œil, or illusionist paintings, particularly on ceilings, to create depth and drama. Interiors embrace stucco decoration and a rich variety of materials like gilded bronze, marble, and multiple toned woods. The overall impression aims to surprise and awe viewers.

he table below depicts New York City’s Times Square and Northern Ontario’s Lake Kenogamissi. The left column shows the results of a “thin” prompt, in which the style was requested in name only. The right column shows the results of a “thick” prompt, in which the generated prompt was used.

Times Square

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These images show what Generative AI renders when one requests that an image be rendered in well-known art styles. This series does not purport to describe major art styles as understood in the art scholarship community. If you have expertise in art and want to explain why these images do or do not capture the essence of these fields, then please do so in the comments section below.