3.3- Influences During the Baroque Era


The Thirty Years’ War

  • The Hapsburg, Spain and the Holy Roman Empire vs. Denmark, France, Sweden and parts of Germany
  • Religious element to the war
    • Lutherans, Catholics and Calvinists
  • Spain declined in power, France gained in power
  • Tremendous loss of life in Germany
  • More European nations controlling their own population

The Rise of The Netherlands

  • Freed from Spanish rule
  • Amsterdam — major maritime center and commercial capital of Europe
  • Merchants and trades people became interested in the arts


  • Profound effect upon the arts
  • Codification of art, music and ballet
  • The French Academy
  • Lavish support of the arts
  • Even more support if you were favored by the French Academy



The Counter Reformation

The Council of Trent

  • To provide guidance away from the Mannerist style
  • The use of stories to counter the Protestant “threat’
  • Depictions of stories through art that were presented with:
    • Clarity
    • Realism
    • Emotion

Music should be:

  • Accessible
  • Lyrics understood

Literature should promote:

  • Virtues
  • Religious ideals

2 Religious Orders

  • Jesuits
  • Oratorians

Science and Technology

The Science of Observation


Anton Van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723)

  • Discoveries of small things
    • Bacteria
    • Blood cells
    • Sperm

Johannes Kepler

  • Furthered astronomy with his laws of planetary motion
  • Study of optics

Galileo Galilei

  • The telescope
  • Confirmed Copernicus’s theory




Rome’s important Baroque Fountains

Although this fountain was built in the 1700’s it is done in the Baroque style



St. Paul’s Cathedral by Christopher Wren

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