Program Details

The Baroque: The Art, Literature, Music, and History of Europe's Splendidly Dark Era

Taylor Hagood

Course Description

An era of dramatic and rich vision and representation-the age of Rembrandt and Vivaldi-the baroque period of European culture left a powerful mark on history. This dark, strongly contrasting, elaborate style pervaded painting, architecture, music, and literature. In this course, Taylor Hagood presents the baroque era across the arts, considering what forces shaped this style and the various permutations that that style took.


  1. Introduction: This lecture defines the baroque and considers its origins.
  2. Architecture: This lecture offers a tour of baroque architectural accomplishments.
  3. Painting: From Caravaggio to Rubens to Velázquez, this lecture will present both famous and lesser-known painters.
  4. Music: Bach, Handel, Pachelbel, and many other composers drank deeply from the baroque well.
  5. Literature: The baroque era saw such writers as Milton, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and, above all, Cervantes.
  6. Baroque's Legacy: The baroque gave way to a far lighter artistic sensibility, but remains a haunting historical presence.

About the Instructor

  • Taylor Hagood, Ph.D., is a professor of American literature at FAU. He has published several books, including “Faulkner; Writer of Disability”, (winner of the 2014 C. Hugh Holman Award for Best Book in Southern Studies), has lectured in venues throughout North America and Europe, and was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Munich (2009-10).

    Learning Professorship of Arts and Letters, 2014-15