Baroque 1620-1800: Style in the Age of Magnificence. Portrait of Louis XIV, After Hyacinthe Rigaud, Paris, about 1701. © RMN / Gérard Blot

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Baroque 1620-1800: Style in the Age of Magnificence. The Descent from the Cross (centre panel of triptych), Peter Paul Rubens, Antwerp, 1611. © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Baroque 1620-1800: Style in the Age of Magnificence at The Victoria and Albert Museum
Opens: 4th April
The magnificence and splendour of Baroque, one of the most opulent styles of the 17th and 18th centuries, is the subject of the V&A's major new exhibition. ...
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Easter 2009
This Easter (12 April, if you haven't yet marked your diary), you might celebrate by going to a parade, eating a big family dinner or taking the kids to fill their baskets at a local egg hunt. You might even save a few chocolate eggs to savour yourself...
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Diary: Baroque Obama and Anti-Capitalist style

One theory has it that the Baroque style was a kind of Catholic propaganda, designed to impress the peasants so much that they wouldn't be tempted by dreary old Protestantism.

You can't help thinking there's a bit of that attitude going around today, with the tabloid lives of the celebrity super-rich filling in for bold paintings and magnificent churches.

Economic crisis, environmental disaster, yeah, yeah, but how about Michelle Obama's dress, huh?

That's probably where your anti-capitalist demonstrators go wrong. Many come from well-off backgrounds, so you can understand why they see dressing like peasants from the middle-ages as a big statement of rebellion.

Unfortunately for them, the YouTube world would likely be more impressed if it saw thousands of designer-clad types trying to smash their way into the Bank of England. Revolt into style, as they used to say about the 60s.

Baroque 1620-1800: Style in the Age of Magnificence is on at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 4 April to 18 July.

- David Clee

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Best Western Cumberland Hotel - Harrow (3*)

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Henry VIII Hotel - Bayswater (3*)

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