Baroque

Baroque art in France and England

France and England looked to southern Europe for inspiration, but made the Baroque their own.

1600 - 1700

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The Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace
The Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace

Built to glorify the reign of James I, Inigo Jones’s hall later provided the backdrop for Charles I’s execution.

Claude Perrault, East façade of the Louvre
Claude Perrault, East façade of the Louvre

Perrault’s unified design updated the columns of ancient temples to suit modern French taste.

Nicolas Poussin, <em>Et in Arcadia Ego</em>
Nicolas Poussin, Et in Arcadia Ego

From the setting sun to the ancient tomb, Poussin’s subject is time passing. We sense his longing for a lost past.

Antoine or Louis Le Nain, <em>Peasant Family in an Interior</em>
Antoine or Louis Le Nain, Peasant Family in an Interior

This somber image elevates the simple life and pares down painting to just light and line.

Louis le Vau, André le Nôtre, and Charles le Brun, Château de Versailles
Louis le Vau, André le Nôtre, and Charles le Brun, Château de Versailles

This Baroque palace is so big, nine soccer fields could fit inside. Just don’t kick a ball in the Hall of Mirrors!

Hyacinthe Rigaud, <em>Louis XIV</em>
Hyacinthe Rigaud, Louis XIV

Royal portraitists negotiated between historical accuracy and ideal form. Here, Rigaud flatters the aging king.

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