The Baroque: St. Peter's to St. Paul's
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Osher (50+). This course explores the the art of the 17th century, known as the Baroque.
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Known as the Baroque, the art of the 17th century emerged in Italy out of the Catholic Counter-Reformation but spread throughout Europe and England. Dynamic and dramatic, it varied and adapted with its geographic region and patronage. This course begins with the art cultivated by the Catholic Church in response to the Protestant Reformation. Headed by the sculpture and architecture of Bernini and the paintings of Caravaggio, they set the standards for revolution in style following the Renaissance. Fostered by absolute rulers, we see how this highly ornate style develops in Spain, France, and Flanders with the likes of Diego Velazquez, Hyacinthe Rigaud, and Peter Paul Rubens; and how it presents itself differently with the open market of the Netherlands. We end our Baroque journey in England with the architectural dominance of Sir Christopher Wren.