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The Baroque movement began in Rome, Italy in the 1500's but soon spread to other nearby Western European nations.
Baroque art is known for its lavishness, attention to details, and bold, strong colours. Most of the art produced in the Baroque period was religious in nature, and many Baroque artists enjoyed the political and financial benefits that came from the patronage of powerful institutions such as the Catholic Church. As the popularity of the Baroque style spread, many kings and nobles also funded lavish art projects to decorate their castles and manors with.
Early examples of Baroque art include Aeneas Flees Burning Troy, painted by Federico Barocci in 1598. The most famous artists associated with the Baroque movement include the Italian painter Paolo de Matteis, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Peter Paul Rubens. A few of the works created by the Baroque movement include Caravaggio's image of the crucifixion, The Crowning with Thorns, Saint Theresa in Ecstasy by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and David and Goliath by Orazio Lomi Gentilesch just to name a few. By the mid 17th century Baroque art was falling out of favour and by the end of the 1600s the Baroque period was over.