Artistic Expression in the Baroque Era
The Baroque era began in the 1600s and ended around the 1750s and it was an era in which artists were beginning to focus more on detail and intricate designs as well as perfect their skills in painting realistic fabrics. This Era was also widely known as the enlightenment or the Age of Newton. This era is known to be different from the previous ones by the currents of nationalism and individualism. In general, Baroque artwork is very passionate, intricate, and lively. Artist used much detail and curves which became one of the founding characteristics of art in this era. Baroque art is often associated with dynamic and rich images of textured, flowing robes which shows improvement in skills over the painters in previous years. Although the Baroque period is also strongly associated with religious art, the Catholic Counter-Reformation gives much of its momentum. There are also times when symbolism is present in paintings and religious beliefs have no link to the work. Early Baroque art appeared in Italy in the late 16th century, while some countries such as Germany and colonial South America did not adopt this style of painting until the late 18th century. It was the popular style during the Counter-Reformation in the 17th century. During this time, the Baroque style spread from Rome and migrated to varying countries, evolving as artists fused it with the traditions of their native countries. Spain and Latin America added extravagance to the style, while other countries made it more conservative. In baroque still life paintings insects, snails, flowers, and fruit are all commonly used. In these instances the insects and snails are eating and destroying the food and flowers. The flowers die very quickly and the watches mark the passing of the time, adding to the idea that all things pass and that it is best to enjoy what we have at the time we have it. Baroque still life uses all the visual techniques as the Romans did but...
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