The most dominant topics used by baroque age’s painters are religion, mythology, allegories, history, and portraits. Landscapes become to be more popular, as well as genre scenes and still life painting. Paintings presented dense symbolism, illusionism and chiaroscuro.
Precursors of new painting style were Italian painters creating their works in XVI century. They were for example: Ticino, Michelangelo, Veronese, and Tintoretto. While considering mature baroque epoch, Italy was one of the most important centers of painting.
The most famous painter was obviously Caravaggio, but Petro da Cortona, Luca Giordano, Giovanni Battista Pizetta were also recognizable, as well as Domenichino, Guido Reni, Gentileschi, Guercino, Pozzo and Giovanni Battista. Family of Carracci should also be mentioned, because they introduced eclectics and academism.
When it comes to Spain, the baroque became the golden age of painting in this country. The most popular paintings touched upon mystical topics, as well as religious and genre ones. Creators of these masterpieces were Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Zurbarán and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, José de Riberam, as well as Juan de Valdés Leal. Flandreau was significant when it comes to painting as well. Such prominent artists as Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer created their works in Holland.
France was also a very important center of baroque painting. Many important masters created their masterpieces, such as precursor of French baroque, called Louis XIV style – Charles le Brun, a prominent landscape painter Claude Lorrain, Nicolas Poussin, who was an artist of classicism, as well as famous portrait painter Hyacinthe Rigaud and Antoine Watteau, the most important precursor of rococo. In German countries wall painting developed and was created mainly in churches. The most important artist, who created in this style was Cosmas Damian Asam.