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Faith, Hope and Charity
Photo credit: The Courtauld

Faith, Hope and Charity c.1640

Pietro da Cortona (1596–1669)

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

A term now generally used to describe art in Europe between c.1600 and c.1750. It is broadly accepted today that 'Baroque' implies dynamism and movement (particularly in architecture and sculpture), and a theatricality dependent on a mastery of space and geometry. The illusionism of Baroque painting is, nevertheless, founded on the ability to depict reality. All Baroque art, however outwardly dissimilar it may appear, is indebted to the technical achievements of the Renaissance.

Text source: The Oxford Concise Dictionary of Art Terms (2nd Edition) by Michael Clarke


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