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Publisher: Zane Publishing
Journey to Rome, the Birthplace of the Baroque
Travel also to France, the Netherlands, and Spain to see outstanding examples of Baroque art and architecture, including the Colonnade of St. Peters, Versailles, and El Escorial. You can even listen to selections from classical musical compositions by Bach, Vivaldi, and Telemann.
A continuous multimedia Overture (over 35 minutes in length) dramatically illustrates the History and Art of the Baroque from the years 1545 to 1715. Just click to discover an era of world exploration and a heightened knowledge of other civilizations and cultures. Click to learn the meaning of the term chiaroscuro, and see breath-taking paintings by Rubens and other Baroque masters. Witness the full flowering of a sensuous and dynamic art that appealed directly to the emotions, in an atmosphere of excitement, variety, restlessness, and religious unrest. Discover an art that used deep perspective and strong compositional unity, emphasizing the treatment of three-dimensional volumes in space. Celebrate the flourishing of great Dutch and Flemish masters like Rembrandt, Brueghel, and Rubens. Click again to learn about an architecture characterized by exuberant decoration, curved forms, and a grand scale generating a sense of movement. Click again to see the full flowering of master compositors who developed the musical traditions that gave birth, in the fullness of time, to the Classical era. Click yet again to learn about the intellectual furor that grew out of Martin Luther's bold demand for reformation in the Church, and the upheavals that followed as his movement splintered a medieval theological and institutional harmony that Christianity would enjoy never again.
While viewing the Overture, you have the option of going directly to questions and explanations on the ideas being expressed, to full-screen enlargements of each work of art, to the specialized index on the Baroque included in the supplementary Encyclopedia, or to the text file showing the provenance of each artistic work. See magnificent artistic works by artists such as Bernini, Caravaggio, El Greco, Michelangleo, Poussin, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, Velázquez, Vermeer, Zurbarán, and many others, all viewable in spectacular full-screen format. History through Art: The Baroque even includes selections from musical compostions by J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, and Telemann. Hear once again the music that has echoed through the centuries, and listen to it placed in its proper historical and artistic context.
Requirements: Windows - 386/33 with Windows 3.1 or higher (Windows 95 compatible), 4 MB RAM (8 MB recommended), CD-ROM drive (double speed recommended), VGA (SVGA 640x480, 256 colors recommended), mouse and sound card recommended.
Requirements: MAC - 68030+ Mac (256 colors recommended), System 7+, CD-ROM drive (double speed recommended), 8 MB RAM.
Home PC, March 1995
"History is more than a collection of names and dates; what makes it fascinating is its record of how ideas evolve. The changes are especially captivating when seen in the work of the world's great artists over time."
CD-ROM Today, February 1995
"History Through Art is devoted to what might be called ?mainstream' western art. The series adopts a rather fusty approach to the subject that appears to be derived from art history texts of generations ago...History Through Art is the only game in town when it comes to in-depth surveys of western art on CD-ROM. For that reason alone, plus its low price, it is a worthwhile purchase for schools and libraries. But I'm still waiting for the art history discs of my dreams."
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