Baroque Art

Southern - Aristocratic - Bourgeois

What is Baroque?

How does Baroque art get its name?

  • Baroque originates from the Portuguese word barocco, "a pearl of irregular form"
  • Irregularly formed pearls deviate from the usual, regular forms so they do not have an axis of rotation are known as "baroque pearls"
  • The term "Baroque" was initially used in a derogatory sense, to underline the excesses of its emphasis.
  • The term was used to describe its eccentric redundancy and noisy abundance of details, which sharply contrasted the clear and sober rationality of the Renaissance.

(from Wikipedia)


Things to Look for in Baroque Art:

  • Images are direct, obvious, and dramatic.
  • Tries to draw the viewer in to participate in the scene.
  • Depictions feel physically and psychologically real. Emotionally intense.
  • Extravagant settings and ornamentation.
  • Dramatic use of color.
  • Dramatic contrasts between light and dark, light and shadow.
  • As opposed to Renaissance art with its clearly defined planes, with each figure placed in isolation from each other, Baroque art has continuous overlapping of figures and elements.
  • Common themes: grandiose visions, ecstasies and conversions, martyrdom and death, intense light, intense psychological moments.

(from the Art of Maniless Blog...seriously)

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Important Dates: Friday - Image IDs and Unit 19 Quiz

Short Film: Cicada Princess

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