Baroque, Bourgeoisie, and Big Spending


Did baroque ever really die? Nope, it just evolved into what we know today as couture. Here in Prague, irony tends to lurk around every corner. The area of Staroměstská today houses the most expensive shopping avenue in the city complete with Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier, Tiffany’s, anything that costs the price of a small car and you can wear it, you get it on Pařížská. The irony? This area once served the Jews as a confined ghetto where many a kings banished the Jewish people. It was poorly kept, cramped, and a place considered dirty and extremely unfashionable.


However, in true bourgeois fashion, at the turn of the 19th and 20th century the Jewish quarter was deemed unsanitary and many parts were demolished (today we call this gentrification). What evolved from the “remodeled”  area is an area that only the finest may afford. Details, decorations, and demarcations one may by to signify their wealth and abundance much like the ideology of the baroque. In style to the eye, it may seem like the baroque faded away into history books like the successors and ancestor, but the idea of the lavish and overindulgence still hasn’t died. In Prague, the baroque is displayed for everyone to see teasing the tourist on his or her way to Old Town Square.


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