Baroque and Rocco 1600-1780 BACK

Originally a Portuguese word meaning rough or irregularly shaped, Baroque came into use as an art term and not a complimentary one from the world of pearl fishing. This style was a new direction in the arts that was committed to genuine emotion and to the imaginatively ornamental. Human drama became a vital element in paintings from this period. They were typically acted out with highly expressive, theatrical gestures, lit with striking chiaroscuro and rich color combinations.

The Rocco developed into the successor of the Baroque period. It included a wide range of arts, including architecture, music, and literature. Its emphasis was on light, decoration, and stylistic elegance. The Rocco style emerged in Paris and became the ruling style in Europe for most of the 18th century.

Abraham Bloemaert, 1566-1651

Michelangelo Caravaggio 1571-1610

Peter Paul Rubens 1577-1640

Gerrit Van Honthorst 1592-1656

Diego Velázquez 1599-1660

Frans Hals, 1581-1666

Rijn van Rembrandt 1606-1669

Jan Vermeer 1622-1675

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