Baroque Italian Art

Go ‘Baroque’ Buying These 7 Books For Lovers of Italian Art and Architecture

For those of you who are doubtful about art history or you’ve had a bad experience that left a sour taste in your mouth… Stop right there. I’m an Art History minor and before I even declared it people had the same reaction when I told them about it: Ugh, no thanks, I remember… *insert past art history class memory here* … And it was so boring. Well, I think you’re wrong. Okay that’s harsh… But maybe you had a bad experience! Now, you just need a good one.

 

If you long to travel to Italy to see the gorgeous cities of Rome, Florence, Venice, or Bologna it is guaranteed that you’ll come in contact with a plethora of art history. From paintings, busts, and frescoes, to churches, sculptures, and palaces, you will want to take it all in! Experience the beauty of something that was made long before your time, how amazing, right? 

 

Caravaggio would be proud of you and Bernini would sculpt you in all your glory as a lover of Italian Baroque art and architecture. To stand before these breathtaking pieces that are hundreds of years old would connect us to the very artist who created them. Whether you’re a lover or a learner, these books on Baroque Italian art may contain things you never knew you wanted to know.

 

1. Caravaggio (Taschen Basic Art Series) by Gilles Lambert

 

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A’right folks, don’t know who Caravaggio is? Look up ‘genius’ in the dictionary, you’ll see his face next to it. That isn’t an exaggeration, I’ve got centuries of history to back me up. He was the legend who was prosecuted until his death which is still a mystery. Yet his mark was made on history with his epic religious depictions and famed use of chiaroscuro (shades of light and dark). His work is beloved, so if you’re going to remember one name, remember his.

 
 

 

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This one is a gem not to be missed. From Carracci to Ricci to Michelangelo himself, these men created masterpieces that may as well have been from the gods. Celestial and divine characteristics fill your vision as you look upward to what feels like the heavens. Everyone loves a good fresco.
 
 
 

 

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Don’t you want to see all the famous sculptures, reliefs, fountains, palaces, busts, and more? This book has all the black-and-white and colored photos you need of the most notable works of Baroque art that still stand today. You’ll be an expert by the time you’re done with this.
 
 
4. Masters of Italian Baroque Painting: The Detroit Institute of Arts by R. Ward Bissell, Andria Derstine, and Dwight Miller

 

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Pages of aesthetic movement, rich detail, and endless landscapes will make you feel like a PhD professor as you read through this book.  Get the scoop on some of the greatest artists who led the Baroque era. Gentileschi and Guercino will be your new best friends, ya dig?
 
 

 

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If you can’t get to the eternal city right now, buy a book about it. Become a native through 122 photos of the gorgeous city that is the center of all things food, culture, and history… and food. These photos show the places that have taken people’s breath away. Embrace it.
 
 

 

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This guy is the guy you oughta know. I’ve written papers about him and long to see him in person. I’ll make it my mission someday, but for now this book is pretty damn great. We get a look into his work that graces Galleria Borghese and St. Peter’s Basilica to name a few. I guarantee that you will see his work and realize it’s been a favorite of yours all along.
 
 
 
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This is a woman to be reckoned with. Daughter of the talented Orazio Gentileschi, Artemisia had to face assault, betrayal, and shame before she could make her place in a man’s world. Her talents and techniques were hard to match and despite the same name, she left her father’s shadow behind and stood in the light. She is the one I always remember and the heroine I look up to.
 
 
Welcome to the art world, ciao miei amici. 
 

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