1700s History Museum
Life in the 1700s
The 1700s History Museum
Welcome to the 1700s History museum! Here one can learn about what life was like for the "average Joe" in the 1700s. We have topics from art, music, and entertainment to everyday life and work. Enjoy!
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Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 31, 1785, in Eisinach, Thuringia, Germany. Bach composed many pieces to be played in mass, but his ideas differed from some pastors. In 1747, Bach performed for King Frederick of Prussia, and he made up a new composition on the spot. At this time, he was struggling with his eyesight. Eventually, in 1750, bach passed away. Some of his most famous works were his Brandenburg Concertos, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, and Heart and Mouth and Deed.
George Frederick Handel was born on February 23, 1685, in Halle, Germany. Handel composed the most famous oratorio, Messiah. Handel's works were mainly based on the Bible and religion. He also composed more than 25 oratorios, which are long musical pieces based on religious events. Handel died on April 14, 1759.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756, in Salzburg, Austria. Mozart was composing by the age of 11, and his work was inspired by both Bach and Handel. One of his many popular pieces is Symphony No. 41, the last one he composed. Mozart died at age 35 on December 5, 1791.
Baroque architecture includes the garden of Versailles and St. Peter's Basilica. Some relevant painters of this period were Michelangelo da Caravaggio, Annibale Carracci, and Peter Paul Rubens. Baroque music was very detailed and usually related to church/religion. The Baroque style was beginning to fade in the 1700s, and was replaced by a different style of art, Rococo.
Rococo flourished in the early-mid 1700s, quickly replacing the Baroque style with a more relaxed and elegant style. Rococo art was best expressed in France, and some leading artists of the time were Francois Boucher, Jean Honore Fragonard, and Antoine Watteau. The Rococo style also included ornate architecture, mainly for churches and palaces.
The lives of peasants did not change much during this period. Serfdom remained intact, and while they had some interest in the new music and art styles, they did not have much impact on them.