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What are the characteristics common to all of the arts in the Baroque Period? 

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There are three main tendencies to all forms of the Baroque, including painting, sculpture, architecture, and music.

The first is related to the Counter-Reformation, also known as the Catholic Reformation and the Catholic Revival. The Jesuit order was created out of this movement, which developed in response to the Protestant Reformation and encouraged more intellectualism among Catholics. The proponents of the Counter-Reformation sought to promote art and architecture that would inspire great awe in the faithful, reminding them of the grandeur of the divine. An example of this in sculpture would be Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, which employs Classical conventions in sculpture while also relying heavily on mannerisms and strong emotional effects on the viewer.

The second convention was...

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