Life in the 1700s

Exhibit about the music, arts, and lifestyle of the 1700s


Johann Sebastian Bach

Birth Date: March 31, 1685

Birth Place: Eisenach, Thurinagia, Germany

Most Famous Works: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen, Cantata, BWV 51

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Cantata, BWV 147

George Fredrick Handel

Birth Date: February 23, 1685

Birth Place: Halle, Germany

Most famous works: Solomon, Oratorio, HWV 67

Organ Concerto in F Major "Cuckoo and the Nightingale"

Oratoria, HWV 56

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Birth Date: January 25, 1756

Birth Place: Salsburg, Austria

Most famous works: Overture from The Marriage of Figaro K492

Symphony no.36 in C, K425

Requiem Mass in D Minor, K626


Two different periods of art took place during the 1700s. The baroque period came first, followed by the Rococo period, which were both totally different.


The baroque period was filled with big, colorful and exciting paintings and artwork. Many of these depicter battles, or the lives of saints. It was a more gory point in art history. Many of these artworks could be found in European courts. Some of the most famous paintings from this time are Las Menians and The Elevation of the Cross

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The rococo period was filled with more elegant, charming, and personal artwork. Many of these painting depicted furniture, tapestry, shells and flowers. They were also filled with noble subjects, their happy servants and their pets. Some of the most famous pieces include The Lock and The Bathers

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Lives of the Peasants

In the 1700s, peasant lifestyle and the treatment of peasants varied. In Western Europe, peasants were pretty much free. They usually owned small plots of lands, which were not large enough to provide for a family and rented other small plots of land. But in the east, serfdom was still greatly used. Feudal lords owned the land the peasants lived on, and the peasants were expected to work for their lords and pay them rent. In all of Europe, peasants were very poor and expected to pay taxes to their church, government and landowners, as well as pay taxes on bread, wine and salt. They were all also expected to serve in wars. Towards the end of the 1700s, new ideas of equality started circling around Europe, transforming the lives of these peasants.


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