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Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday Morning Museum: Baroque Art

Baroque Art – Europe in the Seventeenth Century
The Baroque (US /bəˈroʊk/ or UK /bəˈrɒk/) is a period of artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance and music. The style began around 1600 in Rome, Italy and spread to most of Europe. – Wikipedia.org

In addition to Gianlorenzo Bernini (see art example below), other artists of the Baroque are Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Annibale Carracci, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt Van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer and Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez.

The Chair of Saint Peter, circa 1647-1653, by Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)

Symbolically, the chair Bernini designed had no earthly counterpart in actual contemporary furnishings: it is formed entirely of scrolling members, enclosing a coved panel where the upholstery pattern is rendered as a low relief of Christ giving the keys to Peter. Large angelic figures flank an openwork panel beneath a highly realistic bronze seat cushion, vividly empty: the relic is encased within.[2] The cathedra is lofted on splayed scrolling bars that appear to be effortlessly supported by four over-lifesize bronze Doctors of the Church. The cathedra appears to hover over the altar in the basilica's apse, lit by a central tinted window through which light streams, illuminating the gilded glory of sunrays and sculpted clouds that surrounds the window. – Wikipedia.org

Last Monday’s Art – The Barbizon School
Next Monday’s Art – Byzantine Art

Top of post: “Baroque Art” graphic created by Adrean Darce Brent
Below: “Monday Morning Museum” logo created by Adrean Darce Brent

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