"Every age projects its own image in its arts." The baroque period was defined by many new styles and techniques. Some of the most important characteristics of the Baroque period are an emotional and dramatic feeling, lights and colors were brighter than bright and darks were darker than dark, and there was a return to ecclesiastical subjects as well as portraits. There was also a new interest in curves rather than straight lines. The artists no longer wanted their work to speak solely to the educated and wealthy, they wanted to be able to communicate to the poor and uneducated through their art. The two artists included in this gallery are Diego Velázquez and Sir Peter Paul Rubens.