In recent years, research centers on both sides of the Atlantic have focused on the artistic Baroque culture; advancing considerably in the study of local aspects, peripheral territories and interdisciplinary analysis, which have led to a better knowledge of the period.

 However, in a generalist congress like the one we hold, certain lines of work should be highlighted in order to acknowledge the research advances and trends.

- Scientific spaces.

Research on the period has flourished through the presentation of doctoral theses, congresses, seminars, debate meetings and publications which helps to create a compendium of lines of work and historiographical evaluation.

- Museums, collections, exhibitions and value enhancement strategies.

The renovations of different museums have played a key role in the scientific advances made in recent years; the creation of large exhibitions and their catalogues have updated the research on the different issues. In addition, the architectural restoration that included not only the building but also objects of artistic value had helped to developed new value enhancement strategies.

- Centralities and networks.

Delving into Baroque art has led to the study of new areas without neglecting traditional spaces. This new approach enriches the scientific research and help to develop studies that are not dependent on the centre-periphery construction. In addition, the influences have ceased to be considered direct and only in one direction; now they are perceived as multiple and variable networks that enrich the cultural readings of each territory.

- Time and spaces.

In relation to specific areas, the differences in the development of the Baroque culture are marked by temporal processes, being neither advances nor setbacks, but differences between regional identity characteristics, which allow an accurate approach to the perception of each society and to an enrichment of its global sense. Even after the Baroque period, during the 19th and 20th centuries Baroque patterns were used due to their great aesthetic interest in what its known as Neo-Baroque

- Visual culture and construction of images.

The visual language, the reading of images in each context and the common iconographic models confers to each work’s formal structure a variety of dynamics and rhythms of social influence that varies in relation to the observer. These iconographic communication systems enable modifications and adaptations in the relation to their location or the social context for which they were produced. Those sources and ephemeral realities allow quality urban and anthropological readings.

- Constructive processes and production systems.

 The design of works on different scales, whether territorial, urban, architectural or objects of art is supported by a productive fabric where workplaces, workshops and masters on the one hand; and patrons, commissioners or institutions on the other organize a system which adapts to each specific historical and social reality.

 - Celebrations and public decoration

The city changes on the occasion of different celebrations; those occasions made possible the presence of different social classes that exhibited their identities through ephemeral public decorations or the construction of useful infrastructures that perpetuated their political actions or manifested their ideological values.