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Art of the Baroque Period - Chapter Summary
The Baroque period lasted from roughly the early 17th to the mid-18th century. In this chapter, you'll study the various forms of art that emerged during this time, as well some of the most famous artists who have left their mark, including Rembrandt and Bernini. By the end of this chapter you will be able to:
- Detail characteristics of Baroque painting, sculpture and architecture
- Explain the introduction of landscape painting in Baroque art
- Compare and contrast Renaissance and Baroque use of light and plane
- Discuss the patronage system in Northern Europe and how it affected art
- Compare and contrast the erotic elements of Bernini's sculpture and Caravaggio's paintings
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1. Baroque Painting: Style, Characteristics & Artists
This lesson covers the development of Baroque painting as it spread across Europe. We explore the works of Caravaggio in Italy, Velazquez in Spain, Rubens in Belgium, Lorrain in France and Rembrandt in Holland.
2. Baroque Sculpture: Characteristics & Style
In this lesson, we explore the development of Baroque sculpture across Europe, from the creations of the Italian genius, Bernini, to France and the sculptural excellence of Puget's glorified King Louis XIV. We'll also stop in Germany, Spain and Belgium.
3. Baroque Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Features
This lesson explores the development of Baroque architecture. We begin in Italy by tracing the development of several Baroque themes, culminating in the Vatican itself. We then move to France, where these trends further developed, reaching their apex in Louis XIV's ambitious palace at Versailles.
4. Bernini's Sculpture vs. Caravaggio's Paintings: Erotic Elements
In this lesson, we'll explore the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini and the paintings of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. We'll pay special attention to the passionate Baroque elements in these works of art.
5. The Self-Portraits of Rembrandt
In this lesson, we still study the self-portraits of Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn. We will examine some reasons for these self-portraits and look at a few of them in detail.
6. The Introduction of Landscape Painting in Baroque Art
In this lesson, we're going to study the introduction and development of landscape painting in the Baroque era. We will view several landscapes and study their primary characteristics.
7. Comparing Renaissance & Baroque Use of Light & Plane
In this lesson, we're going to examine the Renaissance and Baroque uses of light and plane in painting. We'll compare the characteristics of the two eras and see how they manifest in some sample works of art.
8. Comparing Patronage Systems in Northern Europe
In this lesson, we'll discuss the patronage systems of Northern Europe in the Baroque era. We'll learn what patronage is, who the major patrons were, and how the system was beginning to change, especially in Holland.
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