The Baroque Period Late 16th – Early 18th Century
Elements and Themes • Encouraged by the Roman Catholic Church • Art communicated emotional religious themes • Adopted by the nobility to impress society and advertise their power and influence
Mediums • Painting – Use of rich, deep colors with one source of light. • Sculpture – Captured the energy and emotion of society. Subjects usually shown “spiraling”. Used lighting and water fountains to add to the emotion. • Architecture- Big and bold – use of the colonnade and dome.
Rococo18th century France • From the French word – rocaille (stone/shell garden) and the word baroque • Reaction to the Baroque, encouraged by King Louise XV • Focused on art and interior decoration – the entire room as a piece of art. • Use of: natural leafy, shell like textures and curves. Soft and pale colors – pastels. • Paintings were delicate and soft in form. Use of myths, cherubs who were often portrayedas impure and playful.