Baroque Art : Baroque Renaissance

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Baroque Art After the idealism of the Renaissance during the 1400-1530’s and the Mannerism of the 1530-1600’s Baroque art found itself as the dominant style of art during the decade of the 1600-1700’s. The term Baroque derives from the Portuguese ‘barocco’ term, or irregular peal or stone – It describes a fairly complex idiom which originated in Rome and became popular during the time period in which Baroque art was prominent which embraced painting, sculpture and architecture. The Baroque style quite nicely reflected the religious tensions of the decade, one of the most markedly the desire of the Catholic Church in Rome to reassert itself in the aftermath of the Protestant Reformation. Across Europe many high figures in the Catholic Church would commission a large number of paintings, sculptures, and even architectural designs in order to glorify their own divine grandeur, simultaneously bolstering their political position. In order to spread its influence, Catholic-inspired baroque art was frequently commissioned as extensive works of public art, examples being monumental wall paintings and magnificent frescoes on the ceilings of churches and palaces. The art always representing key elements of the Catholic ideology, either directly in Biblical works or indirectly in mythological design. Additionally with the high-minded approach Baroque art replaced the straight lines of Renaissance art and portrayed a strong impression of movement, using swirling spirals and up…

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