Baroque art is the painting and sculpture associated with the Baroque cultural movement, a movement often identified with Absolutism and the Counter Reformation; the existence of important Baroque art and architecture in non-absolutist and Protestant states, however, undercuts this linking.

  • art tends to focus on Saints, the Virgin Mary, and other well known Bible stories
  • Religious painting, history painting, allegories, and portraits were still considered the most noble subjects, landscaspe, still life and genre scenes were also very common.
  • characterized by great drama, rich deep color, and intense light and dark shadows. As opposed to Renaissance art, which usually showed the moment before an event took place, Baroque artists chose the most dramatic point, the moment when the action was occurring
  • was meant to evoke emotion and passion instead of the calm rationality that had been prized during the Renaissance.



GianLorenzo Bernini

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  • born in Napoles
  • most important sculptor

  • sculpted, worked as an architect, painted, wrote plays, and staged spectacles
  • in the late 20th century Bernini was most valued for his sculpture, both for his virtuosity in carving marble and his ability to create figures that combine the physical and the spiritual
  • fine portraitist in high demand among the powerful for bust length likenesses



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  • Josefa de Óbidos
  • Josefa de Óbidos was born in Seville, Spain in 1630
  • Josefa's first known works are engravings executed in 1646. They demonstrate that she had achieved a high degree of skill by the age of sixteen
  • her father Baltazar is considered to be the main influence upon her.
  • Josefa de Óbidos died in 1684
  • She is considered to be one of the most accomplished painters of seventeenth century Portugal and is especially significant because of the recognition she gained among the Baroque painters, an art period which was dominated by male painters.



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