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Wednesday, 9 June 2010

The Baroque Era of Art




One of my favourite eras of art is the Baroque era. This era was during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The artists painted images that expressed emotions, i.e. fear, misery, happiness. They were often inspired by dramatic plays. Baroque artists tried to involve viewers as witnesses and not just as onlookers. Artists painting during this era include El Greco, Velazquez, Ribera, Caravaggio, Annibale Carracci, Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer and many more. The above painting, The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus, was painted by Rubens around 1618. Rubens shows us brutality and fear. The women’s faces and postures reflect their dread. Even the rearing horses add to the overall scene of terror and aggression.

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