The Arts in the Seventeen Hundreds

Presented By: Noah Cohen

the time period of the Enlightenment; Culture and the Arts changed during the 1700’s

Living in small rural villages the culture changed slowly (centuries old traditions)

Western Europe were relatively more prosperous and serfdom began to disappear

Others owned land, worked for others, rented land , or were hired help

In central and eastern Europe serfdom still existed and deepened

Peasants could be bought and sold (along w/ land)

Some had to provide free labor to the rulers

Still there was also a new growing middle class.


Baroque is a Grand and complex style of the early 1700's

Paintings were huge, colorful, and full of excitement
They glorify historic battles or the lives of saints

Architects and designers developed the Rococo style in the mid 1700's

It was personal, elegant, and charming
Furniture and tapestries had delicate shells and flowers
Portraits featured noble subjects in charming rural settings

surrounded by happy servants and pets

Successful merchants and prosperous officials wanted their portraits painted, but with no frills.

They liked pictures of family life or realistic scenes.

The famous dutch painter Rembrant van Rijn was highly influential.


New kinds of music evolved during this era.
Ballets and Operas were performed at royal courts but then opera houses began to spring up throughout Europe

Many influential composers emerged

Johann Sebastian Bach: German born
Beautiful and complex religious works for organ and choirs

George Frederick Handel: Also German born
Composed Water Music and Messiah ( which is a standard at Christmas and Easter concerts)

A European born child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Famous for outstanding arias (solos)

He composed operas, symphonies, piano concertos, string quartets, chirch music and more
The Opera - The Magic Flute was an opera he wrote towards the end of his life.

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