Passions of the Baroque Analytical Essay by Nicky

Passions of the Baroque
An overview of the history and style of Baroque art and architecture.
# 148129 | 3,683 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Sep 06, 2011 in Art (History) , Architecture (History)

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This paper examines how the Baroque period was an age of allegory and how from palaces to pictures, works of art told a story or imparted a message. Popular themes included the life of man or themes that showed humanity's place in a still divinely-ordered cosmos. The paper provides a tour of Baroque art and architecture by looking at such exhibits as the French palace of Versailles, the throne of St. Peter at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, the paintings "Annunciation" by Giovanni Lanfranco, "Las Meninas" by Diego Velazquez and the sculpture "Vanitas" by Pieter Claesz. Pictures of the works are also provided.

From the Paper:

"An excellent place to being our tour of the Baroque is with the French palace of Versailles. Built by Louis XIV over a period of nearly fifty years in the latter part of the Seventeenth Century and the Early Eighteenth, it is a model in stone and brick of the ideals of the Baroque age. [Pretend there is a model of Versailles] The palace, or chateau as it is called in French, was meant as a visible symbol of the king's place at the junction of the human and divine realms. A world in microcosm, it showed the king at the apex of human society while at the same time representing him in natural and transcendent terms. The king is the "sun king," and like the sun, he is the center of the solar system - a new idea in the Baroque, and an example of the influence scientific discovery was beginning to have on European civilization. The sun is represented symbolically throughout the palace, and the state apartments are arranged in a series that is named after the planets. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Benhamou, Reed. "Imitation in the Decorative Arts of the Eighteenth Century." Journal of Design History 4.1 (1991): 1-30.
  • Hallam, Elizabeth, and Jenny Hockey. Death, Memory, and Material Culture /. New York: Berg, 2001.
  • Kahr, Madlyn Millner. Dutch Painting in the Seventeenth Century. 2nd ed. New York: Icon Editions, 1993.
  • Mallory, Nina Ayala. El Greco to Murillo: Spanish Painting in the Golden Age, 1556-1700. New York: HarperCollins, 1990.
  • Martin, John Rupert. Baroque. New York: Harper & Row, 1977.

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