St Paul's Cathedral. The nave, looking towards the choir

Baroque art is the art of turmoil and tension. Forsaking the horizontal and vertical precision of Renaissance forms, it placed its emphasis on depth and recession, on diagonal lines in space, and even on spirals.Read More →

he Apotheosis of Romulus: Sketch for a Ceiling Decoration, Possibly for Hewell Grange, Worcestershire c.1710 by Sir James Thornhill 1675 or 76-1734

At its height in Rome from around 1630–1680, Baroque is particularly associated with the Catholic Counter-Reformation. Its dynamic movement, bold realism (giving viewers the impression they were witnessing an actual event), and direct emotional appeal were ideally suited to proclaiming the reinvigorated spirit of the Catholic Church. Source: Baroque –Read More →

This is Part II in a series designed to give readers a primer on the simple basics of some of the major periods of Western art in the hopes of giving you something to say on your next date to the museum and a deeper appreciation for art in general.Read More →

Giovanna Garzoni, “Dog with a Biscuit and a Chinese Cup” (1640s),” miniature on parchment (image courtesy Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti, Gallerie degli Uffizi, Firenze) FLORENCE, Italy — The most curious things laid across Giovanna Garzoni’s table. Source: The Baroque Artist Who Captured the World in Her Still LifesRead More →

Expert advice and helpful tips for decorating with Baroque-style art When it comes to adding some distinction to your home, few styles provide the dramatic touch that Baroque art does. Some designers use highly embellished, ornamental pieces to complete a room, while others use intricately designed furniture and gilded accessoriesRead More →

The term ‘baroque’ is a slippery one. When it first emerged in the 18th century, it was a euphemism for superficial, kitsch artworks, undeserving of critical attention. Since then, its meaning has shifted to encompass a vague historical period as well as the greed and decadence of a whole rosterRead More →

Lavazza’s new headquarters confirms its long-standing ties with Turin. The project is designed by Cino Zucchi and has a strong urbanistic as well as architectural feel. We are in Borgo Aurora, a district that is not part of the Roman orthogonal layout of the city but that still has theRead More →