"This was my conversion to the Baroque"
'The Martyrdom of St.Thomas' by Rubens
Public Domain'The Martyrdom of St.Thomas' - Credit: Peter Paul Rubens

Baroque is the name given to a range of artistic styles which existed between the late 16th and late 18th Centuries.

The earliest expression of the Baroque style may be seen in the dramatic, visually and emotionally appealing artwork of the Roman Catholic Church, the function of which was partly to counter the rise of Protestantism.

Artists representing various stages of the Baroque period include Rubens, Caravaggio and Rembrandt.