The Baroque in Northern Europe
Module 7 presents the art of the Northern Baroque period in Flanders, the Dutch Republic, and France. In the Flanders region, the Baroque style was similar to its Italian counterpart due to Spanish Catholic rule in Southern Flanders. In the Dutch Provinces, however, Protestantism was dominant, and religious pictures were shunned as the Dutch focused on genre paintings or scenes of everyday life. Dutch Baroque artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer were interested in capturing light and texture but with new styles and subject matter. In France, the Baroque style exuded influences of Classicism but with modern luxury. Ruled by Louis XIV, 16th century France saw the construction of Versailles and Louis’ rule by self-proclaimed divine right.