The Baroque hierarchy of genres

With the expansion of the Baroque style throughout Spain, Holland, Flanders and England, incredible painters such as Peter Paul Rubens (Flanders), Diego Velázquez (Spain) and Rembrandt (Holland) emerged as important icons of Western art. Even though their countries of origin were going through a very different political and religious stage, the influence of the art style remained. Spain was at its peak of political and economical power (rulers of The Netherlands and Austria as well), an consequently, art was an important asset to enforce their political figures and the royal family. Later on, The Netherlands declared their independence from Spain (in exception of Flanders, which was recovered soon). Proud of their hard-won freedom, artists of this region flourished with new ideologies, both political and religious (Protestants). It was by this reason that Dutch artists did not have the commissions sponsored by the Church and State, focusing on other subjects and topics, which opened the range of possibilities of the Baroque style across Europe.

We can simplify the hierarchy of the genres developed during the Baroque art period in the next information graphic. The approach of this is strictly towards the ”job position” of an artist in their professional context.

Infography on Baroque genre painting by Francisco Guerrero

Information graphic on Baroque genre painting by Francisco Guerrero

Now, trying to translate this hierarchy to an entertainment industry such as animation, we can notice that there’s still a hierarchy, only more complex since it involves teams, project management and specific responsibilities to each member to achieve a final product, in this case, a feature film.

Infography on feature film design team by Francisco Guerrero

Information graphic on a feature film’s design team by Francisco Guerrero

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Bibliography

  • Janson, H. W., and Anthony F. Janson.History of art. 5th ed. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2001. Print.
  • Web Gallery of Art. http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/m/memling/index.html
  • Hahn, Don. The alchemy of animation: making an animated film in the modern age. New York, N.Y.: Disney Editions, 2008. Print.
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