MCA 14

"Every age projects its own images into its art." The Baroque period (c. 1600-1750) demonstrated both secular and religious artwork as the Renaissance did, but was focused more on dramatic Roman Catholic paintings to regain followers of the faith after the Protestant Reformation. To achieve these dramatic emotions intended to inspire a feeling of spirituality, through hope and fear, artists used ornamentation, curved rather than straight lines, and very black backgrounds with an illuminating effect on the subject of the painting. Two artists from this time period are Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Jacob van Ruisdael who didn't only participate in religious affairs, but in mythological pieces and landscapes as well. 

This piece demonstrates the theory of curved lines rather than straight for a more surreal feeling to develop, this is amplified by the subject being of a nymph. Also, this piece was created just before the beginning of the Thirty Years' War.
This is a demonstration of curved lines, detail, and emotion portrayal on the subject's face.
This piece also demonstrates the use of curved lines, and displays emotion plainly on her face as was common during this art period.
This piece, by Ruisdael, is a great demonstration of dramatic artwork represented by the dark and light colors of the natural seascape.
Curved lines, a darker than dark color choice, and the church in the background all tie into the matter of Baroque art.
This painting contains a lot of detail, and some darker than dark colors, with an illumination behind the trees which could serve as a reference to the heavens, in the style of the Baroque period.
Another nature landscape by Ruisdael, this also portrays his obvious inclination to detail and darker colors.
This is religious piece as the Baroque period was very pious and it also demonstrates the curved instead the straight, along with details such as the way the clothing falls around the subject.
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