1. (often initial capital letter) of or relating to a style of architecture and art originating in Italy in the early 17th century and variously prevalent in Europe and the New World for a century and a half, characterized by free and sculptural use of the classical orders and ornament, by forms in elevation and plan suggesting movement, and by dramatic effect in which architecture, painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts often worked to combined effect.
2. (sometimes initial capital letter) of or relating to the musical period following the Renaissance, extending roughly from 1600 to 1750.
3.extravagantly ornate, florid, and convoluted in character or style: the baroque prose of the novel’s more lurid passages.
4.irregular in shape: baroque pearls.
5. (often initial capital letter) the baroque style or period.
6. anything extravagantly ornamented, especially something so ornate as to be in bad taste.
7. an irregularly shaped pearl.
Origin: 1755-65; < French < Portuguese barroco, barroca irregularly shaped pearl (of obscure origin; compare Spanish berrueco, barrueco granitic crag, irregular pearl, spherical nodule), probably conflated with Medieval Latin baroco invented word for a kind of obfuscating syllogism
“Driving through Dresden, I still remember the many palaces, happily decorated with cherubs and other symbols of the baroque era. The city made an indelible impression on me.” - Gunter Blobel
The Student Union of Jondishapour University in Ahvaz, Iran by Kamran Diba, 1968-1972. The building is built using elongated brick indigenous to the region surrounding the delta of the Tigris and Euphrates and is built in a traditional Islamic plan, being centered around various courtyards. An exaggerated staircase leads up to a gate framed by towers, emphasizing the importance of the project as a grand entrance. The architectural language is influenced by the bold revolutionary German modernist movement and the monumentalism of Italian futurism. In addition the artist was influenced by artist Giorgio de Chirico and his operatic scenes set in desolate deserts with dramatic lighting. Through this, the structure manipulates the harsh desert light into an art form. Diba combines all of these elements into a way that mirrors the utilitarian principles of southern Persian architecture and thus retains the unique national identity of Iran.
Kehoe House, Savannah. Oil on Canvas. 24" x 36". 2013.
A view from the rooftops, Savannah Georgia. During my last year at SCAD I decided to paint Savannah from a perspective that is not often seen. Since the city is flat and there are not many tall buildings I was able to combine my interest in urban, architectural painting with more traditional landscape painting - depicting wide open, awe-inspiring views that reach far into the distance. While my NYC paintings are all about change and the rapid exchange of the old for the new, this view of Savannah is nearly timeless - if I were to travel back one hundred years ago I could paint nearly the same exact picture. (Assuming I could find something tall to stand on in place of the modern parking garage I was standing on for this painting.)