The Baroque style uses exaggerated motionand clear detail to produce grandeur and exuberance in painting, sculpture,music, and decoration. Baroque furniture captures that flair and is obvious inrich detail, vibrant colors, and opulence. Decorations of the period wereprofusely detailed and highly ornamental. The Baroque started in the early1600s in Rome and spread all around Europe.
The Roman Catholic Church encouraged the opulent style by using Baroque furniture and paintings. The church said it wanted to use Baroque art and style to inspire raw emotions, thus enabling people to feel closer to religion. Aristocracy also appreciated the dramatic style of Baroque furniture and used it in their palaces. Baroque style favors large pieces, exaggerated decorations, colossal sculptures, and high volumes.
Smalldetails were generally incorporated into Baroque furniture. Cherubs were oftendepicted in the art, and were added to almost any piece of furniture or decor.The cherubs were evident from fireplaces to paintings. They were also used asan accent in the furniture, often being carved into an arm chair or sofa.Nymphs and angels often accompanied, or replaced, the cherubs.