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From 1600 to 1760, Baroque and Rococo artists brought a newfound energy, emotion, and elegance to European painting, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts. This profusely illustrated survey is the first to incorporate modern scholarship and examine the Baroque and Rococo eras contextually.

Vernon Hyde Minor explores the styles, institutions, cities, and genres that shaped this period's great artistic outpouring -- and illuminates the achievements of Bernini, Caravaggio, Fragonard, Rembrandt, Rubens, Velazquez, Vermeer, Watteau, and other notable artists. With unusually thorough coverage of women artists, town planning, and domestic interiors and gardening, Baroque Rococo brilliantly captures the swirling cultural currents of the time from Counter Reformation Rome to Louis XIV's Versailles to bourgeois Amsterdam.

Author Biography

Vernon Hyde Minor is professor of art history and humanities at the University of Colorado at Boulder

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 8
Acknowledgmentsp. 10
Baroque & Rococo: Idea & Imagep. 13
Defining Periods in Art Historyp. 14
Style, Rhetoric, Genresp. 16
Stylep. 16
Rhetoricp. 17
Genrep. 19
Topicsp. 20
Baroquep. 20
Concettismop. 20
Meravigliap. 22
Spectaclep. 24
Quadratura, Quadro Riportato, & Di Sotto in Sup. 26
Box: The Wolfflin Principlesp. 28
Rococop. 31
Good Tastep. 31
The Place of Love: the Grove & the Bowerp. 33
The Pastoral/Arcadianp. 34
The Place of Excitement (locus uberrimus)p. 35
Tranquillity (otium)p. 37
Conclusionp. 39
Setting the Stage: Social, Cultural, & Artistic Institutionsp. 41
Europe in the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuriesp. 41
Italy: the Papacy & the Churchp. 43
Pre-Baroque Italyp. 43
Box: Trial before the Holy Tribunal, July 18, 1573p. 44
The Council of Trentp. 46
Romep. 49
Patronagep. 51
Italian Academiesp. 53
Spain, France, & England: Monarchyp. 56
Spainp. 56
The Image of Philip IVp. 58
Francep. 59
The Image of the Kingp. 60
The French Royal Academyp. 62
Englandp. 65
The Royal Academy of Londonp. 67
The Northern Netherlands: Capitalismp. 69
The Dutch Art Worldp. 69
Conclusionp. 72
The Baroque Church: Setting for Mystery, Propaganda, & Worshipp. 75
Box: Charles Borromeo's Instructions for Building & Decorating Churches, 1577p. 78
Romep. 79
The Jesuit Church: Il Gesup. 79
The Rebuilding of St. Peter'sp. 82
Baroque Spacesp. 84
The Church as Theater: Sant'Andrea al Quirinalep. 84
The Church as Concetto: Sant'Ivo della Sapienzap. 87
Ecclesiastical Architecture as Baroque Disegno: Santa Maria della Pacep. 91
Northern Italy & Venicep. 93
Baroque Architecture of the Marvelous: Chapel of the Holy Shroud, Turinp. 93
The Church as Votive Offering: Santa Maria della Salutep. 94
Francep. 97
The Church as Commemoration: Val-de-Gracep. 97
The Reassertion of Roman Baroque: Church of the Invalides, Parisp. 100
Englandp. 102
The Rebuilding of London: St. Paul's Cathedralp. 102
Austria and Germanyp. 104
Imperial Style: The Karlskirche, Viennap. 105
The Church as Pilgrimage Center: Die Wies, Bavariap. 106
Spain & the New Worldp. 110
Late Baroque: Cathedral of Granada & Santiago de Compostelap. 110
Baroque & Rococo in Central & South Americap. 113
Conclusionp. 117
Sacred Interiors: Papal Tombs, Altarpieces, & Ceiling Paintingsp. 119
The Papal Tombp. 120
Altars & Altarpiecesp. 124
Gothic & Renaissance Altarpiecesp. 124
Baroque & Rococo Altarpiecesp. 126
From Titian to Carraccip. 126
Caravaggiop. 128
Renip. 128
Berninip. 131
Vouetp. 132
La Tourp. 134
El Grecop. 134
Murillop. 136
Deshaysp. 139
Rubensp. 138
Tiepolop. 139
Villalpandop. 141
Church Ceilingsp. 141
Sant'Andrea, Romep. 142
Sant'Ignazio, Romep. 144
Box: Jesuit Missionsp. 146
Santa Cecilia, Romep. 148
Church of the Invalides, Parisp. 149
Birnau Pilgrimage Church, Austriap. 150
Papal Palace Ceilingsp. 153
The Palazzo Barberini, Romep. 153
The Palazzo Altieri, Romep. 155
Conclusionp. 155
Visual Rhetoric: Styles in the Baroque & Rococop. 157
Rhetorical Contrasts in Italyp. 158
Mannerismp. 158
Bolognese Classicismp. 160
Subversive Tenebrismp. 164
Box: Violence & Gender in the Baroquep. 170
Baroque as Spectaclep. 173
The Barocchetto: The "Little Baroque" of the Eighteenth Centuryp. 178
The Baroque in Flandersp. 180
Rubensp. 181
Van Dyckp. 184
Baroque Rhetoric in France: Classicism & Tenebrismp. 186
The Rococo in Eighteenth-Century Francep. 190
Watteaup. 191
Boucherp. 193
Fragonardp. 195
The Northern Netherlandsp. 199
Rembrandt: Chiaroscuro & Mysteryp. 199
Hals, Leyster, Vermeer, & the Art of the "Uncontrived"p. 203
Conclusionp. 207
The "Minor Arts": Portraits, Still Lifes, & Genre Paintingp. 209
Portraitsp. 211
Box: Intellectual & Scientific Currents of the Seventeenth Centuryp. 212
Baroque Portraits: Images of Powerp. 217
De Champaignep. 219
Rubensp. 219
Van Dyckp. 222
Berninip. 222
Baciccio (Giovanni Battista Gaulli)p. 227
Late Baroque & Rococo Portraits: The Cult of Sensibilityp. 227
Halsp. 229
Boucherp. 230
Vigee Le Brunp. 232
Reynoldsp. 233
Gainsboroughp. 235
Self-Portraitsp. 235
Rembrandtp. 236
Rubensp. 239
Gentileschip. 240
Poussinp. 241
Carrierap. 242
Still Lifep. 244
Still Lifes in Southern Europep. 245
Dutch Still Lifesp. 247
Still Lifes of the French Rococop. 252
Genre Paintingp. 254
Southern Europe: Velazquez & Riberap. 254
Box: Beyond Genre: Velazquez' Las Meninasp. 256
France: Louis Le Nainp. 258
The Dutch Republic: de Hooch, Steen, & Vermeerp. 259
Rococo France: Chardinp. 262
Conclusionp. 263
Landscapes & Views: Depictions of the Natural & Manmade Worldp. 265
Landscapesp. 266
Precursors of the Baroque Landscapep. 266
The Classical Landscape in Baroque Italyp. 268
Poussinp. 268
Claudep. 270
Rosa's Italian Landscape of the Sublimep. 273
Rubens: Pride of Ownershipp. 276
Dutch Landscape: a Democratic Topographyp. 278
Jan van Goyenp. 279
Ruisdaelp. 280
The Woodland, Landed Estate, & Classical Landscape in British Paintingp. 281
Gainsboroughp. 282
Wilsonp. 284
Box: The Pastoralp. 286
Arcadia in Eighteenth-Century Francep. 287
Viewsp. 289
Italian Views (I): Romep. 290
The Grand Tourp. 292
Box: The Imaginary View: Giovanni Battista Piranesi's Prisonsp. 294
Italian Views (II): Venicep. 295
Dutch Viewsp. 298
Conclusionp. 301
Town & Country Planning: Rome, Amsterdam, & Versaillesp. 303
Romep. 303
Palacesp. 307
The Palazzo Barberinip. 308
The Corsini Palacep. 310
Fountainsp. 313
The Moses Fountainp. 314
The Fountain of the Four Riversp. 315
Amsterdamp. 319
Canals, Houses & Civic Buildingsp. 321
Versailles: the French Royal Chateaup. 327
Grounds & Facadep. 327
Box: The Memoirs of the Duc de Saint-Simonp. 328
The Hall of Mirrorsp. 333
Domestic Spaces: Interiors & Gardensp. 337
Painting & Interior Designp. 339
Dutch Baroque Interiorsp. 339
French Rococo Interiorsp. 342
Box: The Dissemination of Imagesp. 348
Garden Designp. 350
The Villa Borghese, Romep. 350
Vaux-le-Vicomte, near Parisp. 352
Petworth Park, Englandp. 354
Epilogue: The Baroque & Rococo in Theoryp. 357
Some Aspects of Baroque Theoryp. 357
Guercino's Change of Style: A Case Studyp. 358
Theoretical Disputes in the Academiesp. 362
Roger de Piles & Rococo Theoryp. 366
Conclusionp. 369
Chronology of the Baroque & Rococo 1600-1760p. 371
Glossaryp. 382
Bibliographyp. 384
Picture Creditsp. 389
Indexp. 391
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