The Baroque period was an age of continuous warfare and tension, of upheavals and tragic events that culminated in 1789 with the French Revolution. Traditional ideas were being questioned and overturned, and a sense of crisis was spreading. Men and women of surging ambition battled for position on a chessboard that now extended from Russia to the United States, while economic and social disparities were growing throughout Europe.
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
For the great Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), drawing was a fundamental activity. In Rubens's large Antwerp studio, drawings were made for the creation of new paintings.
Peter Paul Rubens
Gaspard Dughet was born in Rome in 1615 where he spent most of his life and career, never having left Italy in his lifetime. Despite this, Gaspard Dughet was considered to be a member of the French School because from 1613 to 1635, his brother-in-law, Nicolas Poussin, taught him.
Gaspard Dughet (1615-1675)
Rembrandt's dramatic canvases and emblematic style make him one of the most beloved artists of all time. Many of his greatest works were created in his Baroque period, where crowded compositions and dramatic scenes dominated his paintings.