Baroque – (Portuguese. Baroco – freaky, bad, wrong, spoiled). The term “baroque” has many meanings in the history of art. Among them are narrower, to indicate artistic styles in art of various countries of the XVII-XVIII centuries, or broader – to identify ever-renewing trends of a restless, romantic worldview, thinking in expressive, dynamic forms, or generally as a poetic metaphor: “Baroque man” , “Baroque era”, “Baroque world”, “Baroque life”. Finally, in every time, almost in every historical art style, they find their “Baroque period”.
In the most famous sense, Baroque is a historical artistic style, which was spread initially in Italy in the middle of the XVI-XVII centuries, and then partially in France, as well as in Spain, Flanders and Germany of the XVII-XVIII centuries. The Baroque Style is remarkable in that for the first time in the history of world art, seemingly unconnectable components were combined in it: Classicism and Romanticism. Until the turn of the 16th-17th centuries, Classicism and Romanticism existed as two independent, in all opposing artistic directions, two trends of artistic thinking. Continue reading