"The colours in the paintings are like the illusions that convince the eyes, similar to the beauty of the verses in poetry."

(Nicolas Poussin)

Baroque is an artistic movement that developed in Italy, Rome, in the 17th century in reaction to Mannerism that dominated the late Italian Renaissance. The word denotes a style that is intended to express feelings of vitality, grandeur, drama and emotional exuberance. Thanks to its exuberance and theatricality Baroque was chosen by the Catholic Church and the European monarchies as the representative style of their power and their wealth. Explore Baroque by starting from What is Baroque? and browse our curated list of artworks from baroque painters such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Rubens and others.