Not-So Modern Museum

by Maxine Gongon & Sara Wexler


During this era, new forms of music was introduced that was played with ballets and operas and performed for entertainment. Johann Sebastian Bach, a devout German Lutheran was a popular composer who wrote complex and beautiful religious music for organs and choirs. George Frederick Handel, of England wrote several pieces for King George I such as Water Music and a number of operas. Another well known composer was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a prolific composer who wrote pieces ranging from operas to string quartets, all of unique melodies and moods is also admired as a musical genius to this day, though he died at only 35.


The art in the 1700's changed to meet the changing taste. In the age of Louis XIV, a complex style of paintings called Baroque was popular. These painting were huge, colorful, and full of excitement. They either represented historic battles or the lives of saints. In the mid-1700's a new style of paintings became popular and it was called Rococo. Unlike Baroque, this style was elegant and charming. Rococo style was often on furniture and tapestries, as well as portrayed in painting as delightful scenes.

Peasant Life

Peasant life changed slowly during the 1700's. Their lives varied across Europe. Western Europe was more successful than Eastern Europe, because in the west serfdom largely disappeared and in the east it was firmly rooted. In fact, in Russia it spread and deepened in the 1700's. Though it was much better, still in Western Europe peasants were sometimes treated poorly. England also had many rights for peasants. In the 1700's ideas about equality and social justices bloomed into peasant villages, which led to the change of much of Europe starting in the 1800's.