Baroque painting encompasses a great range of styles, and is associated with the Baroque cultural movement. Artists like Velázquez, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin, and Vermeer were considered to be among the greatest painters of the art form which is characterized by high drama, rich, deep color, and intense light and dark shadows. Italian painter and sculptor Michelangelo was a major figure of the High Renaissance who exerted great influence on the development of Western art, including Baroque painting. Sir Anthony van Dyck, a Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England, was an important innovator in watercolor and etching. Dutch Golden Age landscape painter Salomon van Ruysdael, Flemish painter Cornelis de Vos, and Frenchman Nicolas Poussin are also counted amongst the popular Baroque painters. Italian Baroque painter and poet Salvator Rosa, a proto-Romantic, was best known for being "unorthodox and extravagant". George Jamesone became Scotland's first eminent portrait-painter, while another portrait-painter John Michael Wright became rated as one of the leading indigenous British painters of his generation, largely for the distinctive realism in his portraiture. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Baroque painters.
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