Baroque Characteristics

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Baroque style is a new phenomenon in 17th century. The word “Baroque” was derived from the Italian word barocco, meaning bizarre or artificial; some also stated that the word was originated from Portuguese or Spanish, meaning irregular or oddly shaped pearl. Baroque art has the following characteristics: whether it is sculpture, architecture, painting arts and crafts; all of them have stressed sense of movement, space, luxury, passion, feeling, or even mystery.

There are several things that inspired the Baroque artist. Since the period was the man’s first modern age of art, there were certain freedom that the Baroque artists had in order to express themselves. They were able to express their emotions and realities.
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It was also said to have some influences on Rococo, which some people referred to as “Late Baroque”; is an 18th century style that developed as Baroque artists gave up their symmetry and become increasingly ornate, florid, and playful.

In the early 1600s, a new style called Baroque has lavished buildings with many complex shapes, extravagant ornaments, opulent paintings, and bold contrasts. The straight lines of the Renaissance era were replaced with moving and flowing curves, the domes and roofs were enlarged. The interiors were carefully constructed in order to produce spectacular effects of lights and shades. Baroque conceptualized a building as a single entity and with an idea of movement, into architecture, by its most static of all the arts. And indeed, the motif was not confined to walls. The idea of giving movement to an architectural building in the form of curves became a dominant Baroque art
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Catholic Popes in Italy wanted the architecture to express the holy splendor and fulfill its propagandist role by using large scale work of public art such as enormous domes, swirling forms, huge spiraled columns and frescoes for the ceilings, multi colored marble, and lavished nurals. Saint Peter’s has a central plan design, the facade consists a number of typical Baroque elements such as double columns, layer columns, and broken pediments. The curved wall architecture began to influence many large buildings during the high

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