The Baroque period spanned the whole of Europe from 1600 to 1780. Beginning with Italian artists who brought drama to painting through dynamic compositions and pronounced contrasts between light and dark, the baroque was later exported by countless artists to their own countries, where the new style developed in very different ways. With its monumental historical paintings and magnificent portraits, which catered to soverign desires for splendour and demonstrations of both secular and religious power, the baroque rose to become the style of European court art. The latest phase of the phase of the baroque, known as rococo, began in about 1720 and was characterised by an increased sense of playfulness and intimacy.
With more than 500 works, LA GRANDE PARADE: BAROQUE presents an overview of the most important paintings of the baroque period.