Baroque Art applies both to an artistic era, from about 1600 to 1750, and to a style of art that was more dramatic and dynamic in composition, combining the innovation of chiaroscuro (strong dark and light contrasts) with a more expressive and naturalistic treatment of the subject. The word baroque was originally a term of approbation, denoting the bizarre or strange. Baroque Art had its initial impetus from the Council of Trent (which sanctioned freer creative expression in the service of the divine) and the Catholic Counter-Reformation. Painters from Catholic countries are more likely to exhibit Baroque style in all its flourish than the more sedate northern Protestant masters. Baroque art was influenced by the Italian Mannerists. The two artists who most profoundly shaped the movement were Caravaggio (Italy, 1571-1610), who established the use of chiaroscuro and Peter Paul Rubens (Flanders, 1577-1640), who marked the expansion of the movement from an Italian to a European phenomenon. Baroque art influenced the later Rococo and Romantic movements, while French Classicism influenced Neo-Classicism. Save up to 40% on Custom Framing over what your local frameshop will charge! Satisfaction is guaranteed.* Orders are 100% secure.
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