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Unformatted text preview: of the Catholic Church by arousing the piety in laypeople, evoking emotional appeal, and instructing the commoners through lavish Biblical depictions and events. And political rulers supported this flamboyant style to glorify their own wealth and power through elaborate displays of grandeur such as lavish palaces. Indeed, the Baroque era inspired greater aspirations for diverse aestheticism and beauty, but it was also adapted by religious and political leaders to promote themselves....
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