Baroque definition

The Baroque movement began around 1600 in Europe as a result of the formulaic Mannerist style that permeated art during the late Renaissance time period. Baroque art leaned more towards realism and the emotions, and was more simplistic than Mannerist artwork.  A big proponent of the style was the Catholic Church, as it was a major patron of art during that time period.  Key artists of the movement included Gianlorenzo Bernini, Annibale Carracci, and Caravaggio.  Over time, Baroque art was replaced by the Rococo style. 


A painting be Baroque artist Caravaggio.

A drawing completed by the artist Carracci.