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Renaissance and Baroque Paintings

Jan van Kessel (Flemish, 1626–1679), Butterflies, Caterpillars, Other Insects, and Flowers, 1659, oil on copper, purchase in memory of Dr. and Mrs. DeLos Lemuel Hill, 58.20.

The High’s Baroque paintings include works by Giovanni Battista Gaulli (Il Baciccio), Pieter Lastman, Nicolas Tournier, and Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (Il Guercino). Baroque art—made in Europe in the late sixteenth through early eighteenth centuries—is characterized by dramatic action, strong diagonal lines that create depth, and emotionally charged imagery.