Baroque and Rococo Analysis

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Baroque and Rococo Analysis
Joel Hernandez
Western Governor’s University

Baroque Art Period
The Baroque art period was between 1600 and 1700 and originated from the Portuguese. In this period, art was expressed in form of sculpture, architecture, and music whereby different artists were able to use these mentioned form of art to pass on an intended message to the community (Visual Arts, 2011). One of the factors that motivated this period of art was the support that it had gunned from Catholic Church. The protestant reformation was challenging the Catholic Church not only through literacy but with works of art as well. In turn, the Catholic Church brought about the Counter Reformation. As stated by Art Picture
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Of the two, Baroque is the earliest period whereby Rococo came about as a response to the ideals that were being upheld in the Baroque period (Art Picture, 2011). Another very important point to note about these two periods of art is that through each period, art was able to revolutionize further allowing for more developments such as the use of oil based paints and canvas as a surface for art. In addition to the two periods of art having different ideals, they have different characteristics in terms of the sociological conditions that applied to both, as well as, the style of expression that was used.

Difference between the Two
The major different between these two styles of art is representation whereby the artists from the Baroque period leaned heavily on the religious themes, which was not the case for Rococo after the artists from this period realized that people in the society were moving further and further away from the ideals that were being presented by the Church (Art Picture, 2011). Another major difference is that the Baroque style of art leaned more on works of art from Europe but for the rococo style, most of the works of art presented were from around the world and represented some very important exotic features. In addition, it is important to point out that baroque relied heavily of the ideals of the Catholic Church but as for Rococo, the ideals that were presented relied heavily on French