Baroque Art is a European concept, but it is not confined to Europe. It is a term used to describe the art of the 17th century. The Baroque period was marked by extravagant, rich and big artworks.
The term baroque evolved from the Portuguese word “barroco”, which refers to a misshapen pearl. In architecture, it was a style of ornate decoration that manifested itself in elongated columns and domes.
In painting, it was characterized by broadened perspectives and dynamic compositions. In sculpture, it was characterized by dramatic poses and twisting bodies.
Baroque Art was a big hit in the 1700s because it represented the mood of the era: full of life and action. The Baroque period was characterized by religious conflicts and wars in Europe, which made its people more emotional in their quest for meaning in life. Baroque art reflected this need for meaning as well as glorified its expression through movement, color and drama.
A big part of Baroque Art’s appeal in the 1700s was its ability to convey a sense of drama and tension. The paintings had a “larger than life” quality that made the figures seem more intense. The subject matter of many paintings also helped with this effect (such as Jesus carrying the cross, or martyrs being tortured).
Tension and drama were highly valued elements in art during this time period. The Baroque Era was one of religious and political upheaval, which often resulted in war and violence. People were looking for ways to express their feelings about these events, and Baroque Art provided them with an outlet for their emotions.
Artists like Caravaggio, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Rubens excelled at using visual techniques to capture a sense of tension and drama.
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I think what we need to realize is that the rise of Baroque art was not a phenomenon confined to one century or even one country. It was a global movement in which artists from all over Europe participated. It was a reflection of society’s attempt to reconcile itself with its own struggles and fears. The Baroque revolution wasn’t so much about art as it was about us and our place in this world…
When you look at Baroque art from this point of view, it makes perfect sense why Baroque art gained such popularity during the seventeenth century…
In the late seventeenth century, when artists began to paint in a new style, they depicted every subject with the same level of detail. In that way Baroque art is an example of excess. What did it mean for artists to paint like this? If we want to learn about what it meant for Baroque art to be so popular at the time, we have to look at it from the point of view of those who made and viewed the art.
Titian (1488-1576) was one of the first painters to paint in the new style. His painting Venus and Cupid (1606-08) is one of his most famous works. The painting shows a kind of scene where Cupid is trying to take off his mother’s clothes. On the left there are two boys with wings that are painted in a very detailed way. They are holding a bushel basket filled with flowers, which they will throw into the room while they laugh at their mother’s embarrassment. Venus looks frightened at her son’s mischief, but she doesn’t seem angry with him because she has closed her eyes.
Venus and Cupid, 1606-08 by Titian: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/
Baroque art emerged in the 17th century and peaked in the 18th century. Baroque artists liked to give their pictures an emotional impact by using dynamic compositions and exaggerated figures. They used strong contrasts between light and dark, and between warm and cold colors.
Baroque style art was very popular in the 17th century, especially in the Catholic countries of Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and Austria. The Catholic Church supported the Baroque style because it represented drama, emotion and movement.
Baroque art is famous for its dramatic use of light and shade, as well as its use of chiaroscuro. Another characteristic that defines the Baroque style is its use of curves instead of straight lines. Baroque artists usually worked with oil paints on canvas or wood panels.
Baroque art is the term used to describe the art of Western Europe between 1600 and 1750. The word baroque means “misshapen pearl.” The word was first used to describe the irregularly shaped pearl found in South America, as a way to distinguish it from the round pearls found in European waters. Baroque art is characterized by strong emotion, drama, rich detail, and dynamic movement. It was a style that celebrated wealth and power.
The Baroque period was a time of great controversy in the arts. The term Baroque is Spanish and Portuguese, and means “Ugly”. This was a time when artists were trying something new and different, which made the public not always happy with the results. Still, the Baroque period was also a time of some of the most amazing works in history.
It was during this period that art began to be about feelings rather than just about placing figures in an attractive scene or telling a story. Artists used exaggerated effects such as lighting, color, and unusual poses to make the viewer feel something rather than think about something. Many times pictures are very crowded with detail. Sometimes portions are cut off by the edge of the canvas so that you will want to look around to see what is going on in other parts of the picture.
A good example of this is Caravaggio’s painting “The Calling of Saint Matthew”. It shows five men talking to each other with their backs turned toward us. There is so much going on that you don’t know what to look at first. Some believe that this effect was done because Caravaggio wanted his audience to feel more like they were there, looking at what he was looking at rather than just seeing