This course will focus on the birth of Baroque art in Southern Europe, originating in Rome, with concentration on its development there and its migration to other centers, such as Naples and Madrid, Spain, and its global spread as an instrument of persuasion and propaganda. Great personalities emerge: from the rebel painter of naturalism, Caravaggio, to the rise of such female artists as Artemisia, to the exponents of art academies, the Carracci, to papal darling Bernini, and the courtier Velazquez, as well as the enslaved Juan de Pareja. The aim of this course is to provide a basis for the recognition of the Baroque work of art, its practitioners and cultural stimuli by looking in depth at the achievements of such key artists and their career trajectories. Emphasis is placed on the expressive qualities of style, meaning, materials and techniques as practiced by these artists in this period. Museum visits form a part of this course! Note: Prior to Fall 2023 this course was titled "Southern Baroque Art: Italy and Spain."