Introduction to Baroque

The Baroque Era – 17th Century

Baroque Overview Transcript (PDF)

    • Derived from barroco — Portuguese for irregularly shaped pearl
    • Originally a negative term
    • Drama and theatricality in all the arts
    • Elements of classical antiquities utilized, but without classical ideals of restraint
    • Emotional involvement of the viewer or listener
    • Defined by the Counter-Reformation, patronage of royalty and growing merchant class
    • Baroque style    optional

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