Baroque

adjective and noun. / bəˈrōk /

1). Like many art terms, “Baroque” began as an insult. It originally referred to an imperfect or baroque pearl.

2). Baroque came to describe a lavish style of art, architecture, and music in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe. Baroque art is highly elaborated and closely related to the Catholic Church and the so-called “Counter Reformation” against the Protestant Reformation.

3). In contemporary art and culture, baroque describes art in the same lavish style of Baroque art with a capital B.


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