Baroque Art Cards

These Baroque Art Cards are printable postcard sized prints of famous paintings from the Baroque period.  Use them to teach your kids art appreciation and art history.  Each card is accompanied by a description that gives a little information on the piece and helps you understand what you are looking at.

Printable-Baroque-Art-Cards*Heads up: Some of the cards include nudes.

Print the cards onto white card stock and cut them apart on the solid lines.  In the document they are paired with a description of the piece, a little history, a little about the techniques, or a little about the artist. The pdf includes 6 pages of art cards, 12 different paintings, and one page of instructions.  Click on the image below to go to the free pdf.Baroque-Art-Cards

About Baroque Art

The Baroque period lasted from 1600 to about 1725.  It was a response to the Protestant Reformation and the art of northern Europe.  The style uses the larger than life figures of the Renaissance paired with a realism that had taken over in northern European Reformation art.  Most Baroque art is also ornate, detailed, and over the top emotionally with heavy contrasts between dark and light and exaggerated body language.  In Baroque art we see the adoption of genre subjects, paintings of everyday scenes, which was first tried out by Reformation painters, landscape art, and still lifes, as well as the traditional Bible, historical, and mythological scenes.

How To Use the Cards

You can use the Baroque Art Cards as a matching game with the images on one group and the descriptions in the other.  The kids can choose a card from each group, read the description, and see if they match.  In the process they’re learning the name of the piece, the artist, and a little about the painting.

They can also be used as flash cards.  Hold up an image card and see if the kids can remember the name of the piece, the artist, details about the painting, or all three.  You can give out points for correct answers if you like.

On each card a date, or approximate date, of when the piece was done is included.  Arrange the cards in chronological order.  Can you see a progression of technique, style, or subject matter?  Can you arrange the cards in other ways according to different categories?

After the kids are familiar with these pieces, they can look up the artist online or in art books and see if they can recognize his style in other paintings.

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Units 3-7 and 3-8 delve into the Baroque period of art.  Check them out.  Also we have other sets of art cards.  Check them out in the Art Printables.


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