Introduction to Baroque Art

The hunting residence[1] of Stupinigi – CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Bernard Blanc

The hunting residence of Stupinigi – CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Bernard Blanc

Course title: Introduction to Baroque Art
Where: Collegio San Giuseppe, Torino
Appropriate for: Students of Visual Arts, Art History, European Culture and History
Duration: From 10 days to a semester
Course Structure:

  • Academic Overview: Introduction to the Baroque Art
  • Field Trips: Visits to masterpieces of Baroque art and design, such as the Veneria Reale and the Chiesa di San Lorenzo.
  • Optional Studio Component for Visual Arts Students: Students with a visual arts concentration can be provided with a private studio space, and will follow a course focused on developing their personal visual mastery of the concepts being explored in the course.

Objective: To understand and be able to present the fundamental concepts of Baroque Art. To have read and discussed selections from the key texts on Baroque Art. To visit key examples of Baroque Art in Turin and be able to analyze them in relation to relevant aesthetics concepts and historical facts.


Royal Palace of Venaria – CC BY-NC 2.0 "edri"

Royal Palace of Venaria – CC BY-NC 2.0 “edri”

Throughout much of modern history, Baroque Art was criticized as exaggerated, artificial and, at worst, “false”. Then it began to be seen in a new light, as an aesthetic that was particularly relevant to the culture of the late 20th century. Now Baroque art is seen as possibly the apogee of the accomplishments and discoveries of the Renaissance. In Turin, Baroque art reached a unique flowering, particularly in the works of Guarino Guarini, Filippo Juvarra, Bernardo Vittone. This concentration of works in a
Through a series of visits, readings and assignments, Students will be introduced to the key concepts of Baroque Art and given the opportunity to use those concepts in analyzing historic monuments of Baroque art in Torino.



The Royal Church of San Lorenzo – CC BY-ND 2.0 Jankunst