Anne H. Muraoka

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online February 2013 | | DOI:

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The Baroque is a name given to a style that dominated western Europe from the late 16th century to the mid-18th century (roughly 1580–1750). It is a style most closely associated with the art and architecture of Italy; however, it is recognized as a pan-European phenomenon, which more recently has also been applied to the arts of Spanish colonies. Its date parameters and geographical boundaries have been extended further by some scholars; nevertheless, the height of the Baroque is generally centered in 17th-century western Europe. The term emerged in the context of art and architecture in the 18th century as a negative word of abuse, and in particular, one that was associated with the bizarre (deviations from classical or neoclassical norms). The “Baroque” was not applied to designate a particular style or period of art until the mid-19th century. The term no longer holds such negative connotations; however, there is still a lack of consensus among scholars about the usefulness of the term as a label for a style that encompasses such a broad period, large geographical boundaries, and diverse stylistic manifestations.

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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