Baroque Art History Presentation ~ 153 Slides ~ Highly Visual & Annotated
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"Excerpt 1: Bullet Points in Summary of Baroque Art"
~period of artistic style using exaggerated motion yet easy-to-grasp detail.
~characterized by grandeur, drama, tension, and a sense of celebration.
~present in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance, theater, and music
~began about 1600 in Rome, Italy, and then fanned out to most of Europe
~encouraged by the Catholic Church, which responded to the ~Protestant Reformation with emotionally involving its members in its symbols of religion, including those in great art work.
~aristocracy communicated their sense of entitlement and control to others by owning this art
~term “baroque”not used by its artists in their time but instead by those who came afterwards
~most common interpretations of the term “baroque” are that it is a) rather elaborate or b) rough or imperfect pearl.
~for those who didn’t like this period, the term took on a more derogatory meaning. Usually it was then meant to be excessive or “too much.”
~there were very great artists in this era: Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Poussin and Bernini
~Baroque ran from 1590 to 1725 with the 1660-1725 period also referred to as the Rococo period
"Excerpt 2: Bullet Points on Rubens:"
~Flemish Baroque painter with extravagant style and emphasis on movement & color
~also part of the Catholic Counter-Reformation style of painting
~classically educated and scholarly
~portraits, landscapes, mythological and allegorical subjects
~ran a large studio in Antwerp
~popular with nobility and painted many of their portraits
~also popular with art collectors of his day
~“My passion comes from the heavens, not from earthly musings”
~He painted many plus size women, leading to the creation of the adjective Rubenesque, for any woman of generous proportions.
~His house and studio are today open as a museum in Antwerp, see next slide.