The spirit of Baroque Art

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Humberto Manuel Castro-Revilla


The Baroque encompasses one of the most fruitful stages of artistic creation that humanity has ever seen and constitutes the first expression of transversal art in history since it manifested itself with common characteristics in different genres such as painting, sculpture, architecture, and even music. Baroque Art is a fundamental element in the study of cultural heritage and American identity, and it is therefore surprising that in this continent there is little dissemination of its legacy, and instead, a series of reductionist or erroneous concepts are spread that explain it only as a pictorial fashion or an exaggerated and strident architectural style. In this article, the characteristics of Baroque art are analyzed through the comparison of different artistic genres, trying to go beyond the appreciation of formal characteristics, to reach the appreciation of the conceptual aspects involved in its emergence and evolution.

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