We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is Baroque Art?

Marjorie McAtee
By
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
Musical Expert is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Musical Expert, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Baroque art is a style of painting and sculpture believed to have originated in Italy in the mid-1500s. It is characterized as a more expressive, theatrical style of art than the Renaissance style that preceded it. Baroque artists, such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Bernini, and Vermeer are known for their often-striking uses of light and shadow, elaborate scenes and structures and dynamism. Baroque art is often considered to be very invested with strong emotions.The style is believed to have emerged under the Roman Catholic influence in Italy, but, as the Baroque style spread to the northern, Protestant areas of Europe, depictions of ordinary life began to occur. The label Baroque is generally applied to any works of art produced in Italy, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and Germany between the years of about 1600 and 1750.

Art historians typically recognize three primary types of Baroque art. Many artists, notably Peter Paul Reubens, preferred to explore religious themes, whether Catholic or Protestant. Others, notably Flemish artists such as Vermeer, chose to depict scenes from daily life. Some artists, notably Caravaggio, depicted both types of scenes, but employed dramatic contrasts between light and shadow in their works, a method known as chiaroscuro. All of these types of Baroque art depict scenes of almost exaggerated vibrancy, perhaps in keeping with the social and cultural environment created by the Age of Enlightenment and the emergence of a prosperous middle class.

Most Baroque artists relied on an implied sense of dynamism, emotion, and psychological tension to bring immediacy to their work. Baroque paintings and sculptures alike are known for illuminating figures against a dark, shadowy background, as can be seen in the works of artists like Rembrandt and Caravaggio. Works of Baroque art, especially from Italian artists, generally depict action-packed Biblical scenes or scenes of battle. While Baroque pieces from northern artists like Vermeer may not appear quite as dramatic on the surface, they generally also depict people and objects in motion, adding a sense of urgency to the work.

In addition to deep shadows and brightly illuminated figures, Baroque artists generally painted or sculpted their works in excruciating detail. Vivid colors were seemingly popular among Baroque artists. Figures from legend and folklore, such as Old Man Time, were often depicted in Baroque painting and sculpture, but religious figures and characters from everyday life can be said to be equally represented in many artists' works.

Musical Expert is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Marjorie McAtee
By Marjorie McAtee
Marjorie McAtee, a talented writer and editor with over 15 years of experience, brings her diverse background and education to everything she writes. With degrees in relevant fields, she crafts compelling content that informs, engages, and inspires readers across various platforms. Her ability to understand and connect with audiences makes her a skilled member of any content creation team.
Discussion Comments
Marjorie McAtee
Marjorie McAtee
Marjorie McAtee, a talented writer and editor with over 15 years of experience, brings her diverse background and education to everything she writes. With degrees in relevant fields, she crafts compelling content that informs, engages, and inspires readers across various platforms. Her ability to understand and connect with audiences makes her a skilled member of any content creation team.
Musical Expert, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Musical Expert, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.