Many critics consider the art of the Rococo to have constituted a decline in quality from the work of the Renaissance and Baroque due to the softer narratives and even softer style.

Clodion’s Satyr and Bacchante, 1775, goes to a further extreme in its escapist fantasy of sensual pleasure. Fetishism is the principal theme. Lost were the possibility of narcissistic identification by the audience and the power of the naked truth. This dream-like fantasizing would end with the dawning of the Age of Revolutions.