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Ch 14: Baroque Art

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Watch informative video lessons to learn all about the elements of Baroque Art. Take post-lesson quizzes that measure how well you know the information.

Baroque Art - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The Baroque artistic style of the 17th and 18th centuries produced substantial artwork by several iconic artists. These lessons will teach you about the characteristics and styling of Baroque art. Take a quiz at the end of every lesson to determine how well you know the information and you can always contact a knowledgeable instructor if you have any questions. The lessons in this chapter cover many details including:

  • Specific examples of different artwork
  • Who were some Baroque artists?
  • Artwork, artist & style comparisons
  • How were different elements incorporated into the art?

Video Objective
Baroque Painting: Style, Characteristics & Artists Learn the facts about Baroque painting.
Baroque Sculpture: Characteristics & Style Get the basics on Baroque sculpture.
Baroque Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Features Discover Baroque architecture.
The Architecture of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane Illustrate and label the plan of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane.
The Architecture of Saint Paul's Cathedral in London Illustrate and label the plan of Saint Paul's Cathedral in London.
Bernini's Sculpture vs. Caravaggio's Paintings: Erotic Elements Compare the erotic elements of Bernini's sculpture with those in Caravaggio's paintings.
Comparing Rubens' Venus and Adonis & the Raising of the Cross Compare and contrast Rubens's Venus and Adonis with his Raising of the Cross.
The Self-Portraits of Rembrandt Discuss Rembrandt's self-portraiture.
The Introduction of Landscape Painting in Baroque Art Discuss the new category of landscape painting.
Comparing Renaissance & Baroque Use of Light & Plane Compare the use of light and plane in Baroque and Renaissance style.
Use of Vanitas in Northern Art Discuss the term vanitas and its portrayal in Northern art.
Comparing Patronage Systems in Northern Europe Compare the patronage systems in Italy, Holland, France, and Spain.
Comparing Rokeby's, Titian's & Giorgione's Paintings of Venus Compare the Rokeby Venus with Titian's Venus of Urbino and Giorgione's Sleeping Venus.

13 Lessons in Chapter 14: Baroque Art
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Baroque Painting: Style, Characteristics & Artists

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.

Baroque Sculpture: Characteristics & Style

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.

Baroque Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Features

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.

The Architecture of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

4. The Architecture of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

In this lesson, we'll explore the architectural wonders of the church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane. We'll study the church's history, unique plan and exquisite Baroque ornamentation.

The Architecture of Saint Paul's Cathedral in London

5. The Architecture of Saint Paul's Cathedral in London

In this lesson, we're going to tour Saint Paul's Cathedral in London. We'll learn a bit about its history, study its architectural design, and examine the various styles incorporated into this amazing building.

Bernini's Sculpture vs. Caravaggio's Paintings: Erotic Elements

6. 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.

Comparing Rubens' Venus and Adonis & the Raising of the Cross

7. Comparing Rubens' Venus and Adonis & the Raising of the Cross

In this lesson, we will explore the life and art of Peter Paul Rubens. After learning a bit about the artist himself, we will examine two of his most famous works: Venus and Adonis and The Raising of the Cross.

The Self-Portraits of Rembrandt

8. 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.

The Introduction of Landscape Painting in Baroque Art

9. 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.

Comparing Renaissance & Baroque Use of Light & Plane

10. 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.

Use of Vanitas in Northern Art

11. Use of Vanitas in Northern Art

In this lesson, we will explore the use of vanitas in Northern European baroque art. We will define vanitas art, list its common motifs, and examine a couple of examples.

Comparing Patronage Systems in Northern Europe

12. 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.

Comparing Rokeby's, Titian's & Giorgione's Paintings of Venus

13. Comparing Rokeby's, Titian's & Giorgione's Paintings of Venus

In this lesson, we will look closely at three paintings of Venus: Giorgione's Sleeping Venus, Titian's Venus of Urbino, and Diego Velazquez's Rokeby Venus.

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