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Introduction to Art History: Baroque

Dylan Clair
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(104)
In this one-time course, students will learn a brief history of Baroque art and how to recognize the style!

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The Baroque is a product of the Counter-Reformation. Art of this time is largely Catholic, therefore many of the paintings, sculptures, and architectural works from this period are religious. Some elements of Catholicism may be discussed to provide context for the works we view, however this is not a religious class. As many of the subjects are Catholic, there are many narratives from the Bible depicted. Some of these narratives are more graphic than others (for example, Judith Slaying Holofernes, The Flagellation, and others). In these introductory classes for younger learners, I do try to filter through for less violent images, however my choices ultimately rest on how well the work represents the style we are discussing. 

One work that will be discussed is The Ecstasy of St. Teresa. Many interpretations of this work involve a discussion of its sensuality, bordering on overt sexuality. I cannot in good conscious omit this work from a discussion of the Baroque, as it is possibly one of the most exquisite examples of High Roman Baroque art. You are welcome to preview this work, and the discussions around it, prior to enrolling your learner in class if you are concerned about this topic. 

Some artworks may depict some kind of nudity. I will not censor these images. 

In the words of Cindy Ingram, the creator of Art Class Curator and the Curated Connections Library: "Our Western culture is filled with taboo about bodies. We are taught to view bodies as dirty, shameful, and imperfect. Nudity in art is almost always about the power and beauty of the human body. If we make a big deal of out showing nude works to our students, we feed that troublesome beast. We teach our kids that their bodies are something to be ashamed of and something to laugh at.

Bodies are not gross. They are not only for sexual purposes. Bodies are powerful and amazing. If you think about what a body is really capable of, it will really blow your mind. We should celebrate that.

The mantra of the session is “it’s only weird if you make it weird!”"

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(104)
Hello future scholars!

I'm Dylan: a passionate Art Historian, educator, and lifelong learner. 

I offer a range of Art History courses, a course for young learners exploring gender identities beyond the binary, and an ongoing Trivia Club. I am... 
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per class
Meets once
55 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(3)
Completed by 8 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 10-14
1-6 learners per class

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