Baroque Age: Discuss the Part That Recorded History and Show How New Scientific and Philosophy Impacted the Art of Rembrandt, Hollar and Leclerc

Common observation in current society demonstrates the link between
art, music, drama and literature and social norms, politics, scientific
trends and discoveries, and religious and philosophical discussions.In
some cases, it is difficult to discover whether it was, for example, the
art that influenced philosophy, or philosophy that impacted the art.This
phenomenon is not limited to the 21st Century, however, and has been
observed by people throughout recorded history.This paper will choose to
discuss one part of that recorded history, the Baroque Age, and then show
how the new scientific and philosophy of the Baroque Era impacted the art
of Rembrandt Van Rijn, Wenceslaus Hollar, and Sebastien Leclerc.
There has been some discussion as to where the term “baroque”first
came from.One source claims it came from the Italian word “barocco,”
which means bizarre.[i] Another source believes that the term was
originally used to describe an imperfect pearl.The meaning then grew to
encompass any art form that was considered to be gaudier then the accepted
Classic style of the Renaissance Era. While it originally was a term meant
to criticize artists of this form, it later grew to encompass the diversity
of style of art, music, architecture, and ideas of the time period between
In the time of the Renaissance, leading up the Baroque Age, society
had changed from “the medieval theocentric (God-centred) image of the world
to an anthropocentric (man-centred) concept of the world.”[iii]For
example, Martin Luther had begun the Reformation by nailing his 95 theses
to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517. The emphasis of these
theses were that each person was responsible for his or her own
relationship with God and did not need the intercession of a priest. This
broke the chokehold the Catholic Church had previously had on religious
theory, philosophy, and ultima…

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