Friday, September 18, 2009


A client recently asked me business card using baroque artwork. I had seen the type of artwork they were referring to but have never heard the term.

Here is the definition as written on
  • Main Entry: 1ba·roque
  • Function: adjective
  • Usage: often capitalized
  • Etymology: French, from Middle French barroque irregularly shaped (of a pearl), from Portuguese barroco irregularly shaped pearl
  • Date: 1765
    1. of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a style of artistic expression prevalent especially in the 17th century that is marked generally by use of complex forms, bold ornamentation, and the juxtaposition of contrasting elements often conveying a sense of drama, movement, and tension
    2. characterized by grotesqueness, extravagance, complexity, or flamboyance
    3. irregularly shaped —used of gems (a baroque pearl)
    I was astounded what a simple search for this stock photography produced. Beautiful backgrounds, frames and scrolls. I have a secret soft spot for anything with swirls and curves. The artwork is incredible and very versicle. I can envision using this artwork for the promotion of fine furnishings, art dealers, framers,  photographers, interior designers, and youth related fields (some of the more grudge looks). The patterns would work great for many business professionals as an accent to their design.

    I look forward to using more baroque in my designs!

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