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Baroque architecture

Baroque architecture, starting in the early 17th century in Italy, took the humanist Roman vocabulary of Renaissance architecture and used it in a new rhetorical, theatrical, sculptural fashion, expressing the triumph of absolutist church and state. New architectural concerns for color, light and shade, sculptural values and intensity chartacterize the Baroque.

A major figure in Baroque developments in sculpture as well as architecture, was Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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