Baroque and Rocco 1600-1780
Originally a Portuguese word meaning rough or irregularly shaped, Baroque came into use as an art term and not a complimentary one from the world of pearl fishing. This style was a new direction in the arts that was committed to genuine emotion and to the imaginatively ornamental. Human drama became a vital element in paintings from this period. They were typically acted out with highly expressive, theatrical gestures, lit with striking chiaroscuro and rich color combinations.
The Rocco developed into the successor of the Baroque period. It included a wide range of arts, including architecture, music, and literature. Its emphasis was on light, decoration, and stylistic elegance. The Rocco style emerged in Paris and became the ruling style in Europe for most of the 18th century.
 
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Peter Paul Rubens
Diego Velázquez
Rijn van Rembrandt
Last Update February 19, 2002