17th Century. Baroque

In the XVII century sculptors equate the image of man to the image of god. Bodies are covered with magnificent veils which emphasise figures more than they hide them. Representation is still very much centered to religious themes, you can, however, see hints of the more libertarian canons which were to come.

The Baroque is also the kingdom of contrasts: everything coexists in a surprising harmony: greatness, exaggeration, dramatic effects, excessive ornaments, deep devotion, tension and exuberance of forms.

Sculptors in this period celebrated god as the image of man. They cover their majestic bodies with veils which, however, emphasise more than hide the shapes of the flesh.

The sculptors featured here are François Anguier (1604-1669), Pierre Legros (1629-1714), Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), Christopher Cochet (1606-1634).