(short 3 page overview of the hierarchical cosmology and social-political-sexual order
imposed by courtly and Christian elites through the 17th century and later)
(My 1983 Ph.D. dissertation (Harvard) on the Northern European tradition of sacred lowliness and inner vision in Christian art, rhetoric, and literature, 15-17th centuries.)
(broad overview of mythology, mostly in Renaissance and Baroque art;not to be confused with my "Guide to Mythology" which is a mini-dictionary found under "Misc Info"
Conealing his inner wisdom, the proverbial ugliness of Socrates became a Western paradigm for understanding everything in the natural and human world including literature and the visual arts. Truth and wisdom lay behind outward appearances.
("big picture" essay on the ruling category in the courtly system encompassing all Renaissance and Baroque Art, major revision Nov 2011)
(on the hierarchical system of European art by the 17th century: History Painting, Portraiture, Landscape, Genre Painting, and Still-Life)
(surveys the major traditions of classical landscape literature leading to the Renaissance including Cosmology, Geography and Travel, Gardens, Pastoral, Agriculture and Villa, and Hunting)
Baldwin Politics As Gender 1200 to 1700.doc (ruler as husband)Baldwin Mythological Rape An Outline and a Critique Jan 2016
(an older, less critical but text-filled survey of the allegorical understanding of mythological rape in Western literature and art - see the previous essay listed here for a more recent, short, enlightened approach)
("Mutual Gazing" is a published article from the mid-1980s pursuing a traditional iconographic reading in art and literature of couples looking into each other's eyes.)Baldwin Nobility As Virtue 1450 to 1700.doc (appeal of inner nobility to aristocracy)
Baldwin Art As Language 1400 to 1960.doc (a mini-social history of art)
Baldwin Common Values Before and After 1700 (outline of shared cultural values in Europe before and after the all-important 18th century)
Baldwin Outline Of Social Art History Since the Renaissance (the big picture in 3 pages)
Baldwin Gardens in Art 1700 to 1940.doc (section on Monet revised 4/2010)