From Italian religious paintings to Dutch and Flemish portraits, the 17th century embraces both well-established subjects as well as the new genres of landscape and still life. Despite this diversity, scholars have identified an overarching interest in heightened realism, increasing theatricality, and a continued interest in classical culture and intellectual pursuits. Historians have given the name "baroque" to this era in the history of art. Paintings by Jan van Kessel the elder, Sir Peter Lely, Dutch landscape artists, and Flemish portraitists are among the baroque works in the David Owsley Museum of Art's collection, exhibited in the West Gallery and on the Mezzanine.
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