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Transcript of Baroque Art
Realism in painting and sculpture was an integral aspect of baroque art.
influenced by scientific discoveries (Copernicus proving heliocentrism)
religion (Roman-Catholic church was influential patron of the arts)
politics (absolute monarchies of France & Spain prompted creation of works that reflected grandeur of the kings)
Characteristics of Baroque Art
included painting, sculpture and architecture
tried to convey movement, energy, drama, and tension
interest in human passion - paintings feature figures with personalities
strong contrasts of light and shadow
Rise of Realism
use of shadows created 3D appearance
increase of trade & travel resulted in paintings of exotic people and landscapes
higher understanding of human form produced works with intense and powerful figures
Realism was clearly an essential aspect of Baroque art, seeing that the details and expression of human bodies were incorporated into all paintings and sculptures.
from Spanish "barrueco" or Portuguese "barroco" meaning "irregularly shaped pearl"
"Supper at Emmaus"
Bust of King Louis XIV
Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Bust of a Roman woman
The Abduction of Ganymede
peeing in fear
taken from a Greek myth about a divine hero, Ganymede
Abduction of Ganymede
Eustache Le Sueur
Portrait of a Woman Aged 34 Years (detail)
Landscape with a Stone Bridge 2
Nicolaes Eliaszoon Pickenoy
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