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Baroque Ceiling Frescoes

Baroque Ceiling Frescoes

Author: Aleisha Olson
This lesson will explore several examples of ceiling fresco painting from the Baroque period.
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Notes on "Ceiling Frescoes"

Terms to Know


The use of perspective in painting to create the impression of a three dimensional space on a two dimensional surface; or a philosophy that promotes the material world as an illusion.

Trompe l'oeil

An artistic technique that creates an optical illusion, usually of a three dimensional space on a flat surface.

"As Seen from Below"

A specific approach used in painting Italian ceiling frescoes that depicts an illusionistic scene taking place above the viewer.


Also called the Catholic Revival or Reformation, it was a response to the Protestant Reformation, and lasted from the Council of Trent to the end of the Thirty Years' War.



Image of Annibale Carracci, Loves of the Gods, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Galleria_Farnese_-_Annibale_Carracci_-_Palazzo_Farnese,_Rome.jpg; Image of Annibale Carracci, Loves of the Gods, Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Triumph_of_Bacchus_and_Ariadne_-_Annibale_Carracci_-_1597_-_Farnese_Gallery,_Rome.jpg; Image of Annibale Carracci, Loves of the Gods, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Farnese_Gallery_-_Annibale_Carracci_-_1597_-_Farnese_Gallery,_Rome.jpg; Image of Guido Reni, Aurora, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Guido_Reni_-_Aurora_-_WGA19273.jpg; Image of Pietro da Cortona, Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cortona_Triumph_of_Divine_Providence_01.jpg; Image of Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Triumph of the Name of Jesus, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rome-EgliseGesu-Fresque.jpg; Image of Andrea Pozzo, Glorification of Saint Ignatius, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Andrea_Pozzo_-_Apoteose_de_Santo_Inacio.jpg