Characteristics Of Baroque Style

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Baroque style flourished in a time during which variations of styles were expressed (Carl & Charles, 2012) and it embraces ramifications in artistic sense and its forms varied in every country and community (Hauser, 1999). It emerged when Roman Catholic Church adopted it to be the counter of the Protestant Revolution promoted by Martin Luthur, and the style gained its popularity in France and Roman court. Eventually it prevailed in Holland. The Baroque style of art is thought to be irregular and capricious by historians, and so comes its name – it is derived from the Portuguese word ‘Barrocco’, meaning imperfect pearl (Carl & Charles, 2012). According to Hauser (1999), the term Baroque at first is used to describe the music of its style that has no coherent melody.

Indeed, comparing to the contemporary style, Baroque demonstrates a characteristic of extravagance, drama, and dynamic rhythm that in the eye of Classicist a bad taste. For example, The Elevation of the Cross by Peter Paul Rubens (Fig. 1), the scene depicted concentrates on the two fighting forces and the use of diagonal lines provide motion and fluidly. The painting perfectly shows the characteristics of Baroque: it is dramatic, emotional and realistic, capturing a scene in its action. …show more content…

It strikes for drama and tension, realistic portrait of world, and the fluidity of time and space. Same as many artistic styles from the history, Baroque echoes the social and cultural background at that time. Although no direct linkage could be found between science and art, there is a subtle relationship essential to understanding of art (Janson & Janson, 2001). It was in the 17th century natural science came under the scientist’s scrutiny (Toulmin,

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