Spanish Baroque Art

The Church and Nobility encouraged the production of Baroque art. For the Church, the dramatic forms of the Baroque helped communicate religious themes in a powerful way. For the aristocracy, the Baroque expressed triumph and symbolized power.

For an introduction to the Baroque Art, You can watch Smarthistory, Art History at Khan Academy’s video “1600-1700: The Baroque”

This video (13 min) makes a comparison of the evolution of the Baroque art compared to paintings in Protestant Europe. Additionally, the hosts talk about some characteristics of the Baroque in specific samples (with transcript feature)

Also suggested, the video “Historia del Arte Universal, El Barroco”

This video is in Spanish. It starts with a historical background to lead into the artistic production of the 17th century.

Suggested Activity:

Ask students to research and present on a Baroque painter. Students can also explain some of Baroque characteristics in two of his paintings.

Sample of students’ presentation on different Baroque painters.

You can do a virtual visit of the Museo del Prado in Madrid through the app Second Canvas Museo del Prado.

Watch the Museo del Prado’s exposition of Diego Velázquez paintings.

In this video you can see some of Velázquez paintings while the presenter talks about his relationship to the Spanish family, and the evolution of his work.

Also suggested, Museo del Prado’s video on Rubens

This video shows Rubens’ pictures and the complexity of his ideas, life and work.

Of course, we cannot forget the sculptures of the period. Watch the video about the greatest sculpture of the Baroque, the Italian Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), The Power of Art – Bernini.

Suggested Activity:

The following power point is intended to help student visualize the change from the Renaissance to the Baroque while it provides inductive activities for students using Baroque paintings and sculptures.