Joseph Nathan Cohen

Department of Sociology, CUNY Queens College, New York, NY


Generating images in the style of Baroque art.

This post is an installment in the Generative AI Art Style series, a practical knowledge project designed to help content creators fine-tune the aesthetics of their generated images by references to and descriptions of popular art styles.  Click here to read more on the project.

This page depicts the results of mentioning Baroque art in your prompt. Click here to learn about this project

Click here for this visual art style’s Wikipedia page

Generated Thick Descriptor (via Chat-GPT 4): Baroque art (c.1600-1750) displays exuberant detail, deep colour, grandeur, a sense of movement, and intricate ornamentation. Common motifs introduced are the cartouche, trophies and weapons, fruit or flower baskets. Baroque paintings give a sense of depth and dramatic intensity, often featuring elaborate and highly-detailed scenes. Architecture often exhibits large central spaces with high domes decorated with lavish paintings and stucco statuettes, employing quadratura (trompe-l’œil technique) to create illusional depth. To create Baroque-inspired art, focus on using contrast, capturing movement, and adding intricate detail and deep, rich colors.

Human Observation:  My impression is that the thick descriptor failed to squarely focus on art, and it caused non-visual art elements associated with Baroque to intrude into the images.  I leave them there because there are still interesting aesthetic differences.  I will revise it if I do another iteration.

The table below depicts New York City’s Times Square and Northern Ontario’s Lake Kenogamissi. The left column shows the results of a “thin” prompt, in which the style was requested in name only. The right column shows the results of a “thick” prompt, in which the generated prompt was used.

Times Square

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These images show what Generative AI renders when one requests that an image be rendered in well-known art styles. This series does not purport to describe major art styles as understood in the art scholarship community. If you have expertise in art and want to explain why these images do or do not capture the essence of these fields, then please do so in the comments section below.