About the Class
Critics coined the pejorative term “baroque” (derived from the Portuguese word “barroco,” meaning a misshapen pearl) to describe the dominant style of art and architecture in 17th-century Europe. These writers were responding to the theatrical curvature of baroque façades as well as to the over-the-top ornament and lavish materials of the period’s interiors. In this four-session course, we will explore some of the major architectural monuments of baroque-era Rome, Paris, Versailles, London, and Vienna.
Each week, the main lecture is followed by a 30-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates.
Marlise G. Brown
Marlise Brown is a PhD candidate in art history at Temple University, where she specializes in 17th- and 18th-century art and architecture. Her research focuses on identity construction, gender, and patronage, as well as the intersections of visual art, music, and theater. Her dissertation on the architectural patronage of Markgräfin Wilhelmine von Bayreuth has been supported by research grants from the German-American Fulbright Commission and Temple University.