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Intro. * The Baroque is a period of artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, * Interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance and music. * The style began around 1600 in Rome, Italy and spread to most of Europe. * The Baroque style was encouraged by the Roman Catholic Church,
What is Baroque Art? * Baroque art above all reflected the religious tensions of the age to reassert itself in the wake of the Protestant Reformation. * Was designed essentially to appeal to the growing aspirations of the merchant and middle classes * Baroque art tended to be large-scale works of public art, such as monumental wall-paintings and huge frescoes for the ceilings and vaults of palaces and churches.

Baroque Architecture * Was designed to create spectacle and illusion. * The straight lines of the Renaissance were replaced with flowing curves, while domes/roofs were enlarged, and interiors carefully constructed to produce spectacular effects of light and shade. * Characterized by an emphasis on unity among the arts. * It was an emotional style, which, wherever possible, exploited the theatrical potential of the urban landscape - as illustrated by St Peter's Square (1656-67) in Rome, designed by architect, Bernini,

Baroque Painting * Painters and sculptors built and expanded on the naturalistic tradition * The illusionistic effects of deep space interested many painters, including Il Guercino and Andrea Pozzo. * Color was manipulated for its emotional effects, ranging from the clear calm tones of Nicholas Poussin, to the warm and shimmering colors of Pietro da Cortona, to the more vivid hues of Peter Paul Rubens. * A heightened sense of drama was achieved through chiaroscuro, which means defining details of light and dark in painting…...

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