Baroque Art Contributions

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The relationship between the arts and the growing body of scientific knowledge is still evolving to this day. Imagination is the foundation of creation. While beliefs are influenced by theory, art serves as the medium to illustrate the thoughts that build out innovation. The three stylistic periods, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo, made major contributions and influenced the way that the art world contributed and evolved in society. The Renaissance started in the fourteenth century, when Italian scholars and writers, calling themselves humanists, searched for knowledge. Humanists believed that people are rational beings and that the individual was valuable. Focus shifted from traditional scholastic training of theology to broader…show more content…
The style originated in Italy and expanded into northern Europe. Baroque, in literal context, means “irregular pearl”. This period was influenced and defined by the Catholic pomp to show the religious tensions that existed as the church tried to reassert itself during Protestant reformation. Baroque art was known for its large scale dramatic religious public artworks displayed in palaces and churches. (Cultural Expressions) The Baroque era introduced scientific innovation into their artworks. The concept of open space was incorporated to create the illusion of motion. This concept captured that the interpretation occurs within space and time of the viewer as it relates to the focal point of the artwork. A work of art that encompasses the era of Baroque…show more content…
The style originated in Paris and expanded into Germany and Austria. “Rococo is derived from the French word, rocaille which denoted the shell covered rock work that was used to decorate grottoes.” (Rococo Style) The design of this style was known for its ' delicacy and playfulness. The influence of the French included lighter design elements with natural patterns and curves. It was a clear departure of the spiritual foundation found in the Baroque era to the natural pastoral landscape of aristocratic couples. Scientific innovation in this period is seen within the natural interpretations within the artworks. A work of art that reflects the Rococo era is: Cupid a Captive, painted by François Boucher exemplifies the essence of Rococo art. Playful with a natural landscape. The images are bright and colorful. The surrounding areas are dark, creating a contrast that enabled a multi dimensional pop up to the images in the painting. This scientific innovation developed a powerful view of independence for the scene portrayed. (Cupid a Captive) In conclusion, art is influenced by the beliefs that society develops during the specific time period. Art is a powerful medium of delivering imagination and personal expression of the beliefs within of a moment in time. Irrespective of the specifics within a moment in time, art remains one of the most powerful elements in communicating
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