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To fully understand the art of the Counter-Reformation Catholic Countries and the art of Calvinistic Countries we must first understand the art style and religious climate of the day The religious beliefs are what directly effected the type of art that was produced and from there the Baroque style was fostered and cultivated Baroque Art Style The Baroque Art was the commanding art style in the 1600s-mid 1700s throughout Europe and influencing the art style throughout the world We see distinctive versions of the Baroque style depending on particular political religious and economic conditions of the countries encarta What distinguishes the Baroque art style is its ability to appeal to the senses with the use of richness drama vitality movement tension emotional exuberance and the tendency to blur distinction between the various arts britanica The use of light was a popular theme throughout the artwork of this genre Light was used to shadow as well as enhance the dramatic effect of paintings and sculptures Realism is also another theme present in Baroque art there is and depth that portrays a passion of soul this is seen in the painting as well as the sculpture of this period The Baroque art was also comprised of a complex and sometimes contradictory style and that is seen in the di fferences between the Calvinistic inspired and Counter-Reformation inspired artwork The Religious Climate of Calvinistic and Counter Reformation Countries The Calvinistic beliefs were born from the Protestant Reformation which goals were to end the sovereignty of the Roman Catholic Church and the pope The Protestant views were that faith alone and Christs deaths for humankind sins gained salvation and this belief being the core guide of their faith We see a change in the cultural values also and this effects the artwork in the area The Calvinist Church belief in the power of relic miracles and saints declined as a greater interest
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