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The Baroque: Beads in a Rosary or Folds in Time

Hills, Helen (2007) The Baroque: Beads in a Rosary or Folds in Time. Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. pp. 48-71. ISSN 1033-1867

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Abstract

When Benedetto Croce associated the baroque with decadence he was developing a current of critical thinking which had construed the term ‘baroque’ pejoratively since the seventeenth century. This essay explores the idea of a baroque that is neither pejorative nor ‘early modern'’ by outlining the etymology and history of the term ‘baroque’, tracing its chequered history as a term of abuse in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, through Benedetto Croce's characterization of the baroque as ‘decadent’, to two radically different ways of interpreting the baroque adopted by Walter Benjamin and Gilles Deleuze. This paper asks whether we might consider the baroque not as decadent, but as antidote to decadence, of baroque as troubling the smooth waters of a linear historicism.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Reproduced with permission from the publisher.
Keywords: baroque style architecture excess decadence early modern art criticism
Academic Units: The University of York > History of Art (York)
Depositing User: prof Helen Hills
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2009 08:32
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2013 14:13
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8913

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