ARTH207:Baroque Art to Neoclassicism

                          ARTH207:Writing Assesment#3
                            Guide to Responding

1.The Ecstacy of St.Theresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1645-1652),Baroque in Rome,S.Maria Della Vittoria
General Points

  • A dramatic representation of St.Theresa’ autobiography,while having experienced with a divine vision
  • An Angel throwing a golden arrow to her hurt,to send her in Ecstacy’s spiritual state.
  • A large sculptural monumental cluster created with marble into an architectural requirements and demands
  • The Angel seems to put her in spiritual probation

How is this representative of Baroque Art ?

  • Idealism in contradiction with materialism
  • Mobility and flow
  • Part of a religious scene
  • Imitation of reality under of strict rules of the analogies and harmony
  • Majesty and Exaggeration especially in the aspects of clothing
  • Plasticity and Theatricality of forms

2.The Disembarkation of Marie de Medici at Marseilles,Medici Cycle by Peter Paul Rubens(1621-25) oil painting (Mussee du Louvre,Paris)

General Points

  • A true Historical scene because Marie was the second wife to King Henry of France
  • The images are created in a way that the artist and his commisioners and patrons would prefer to stay in History,rather than to represent a different possible scene.
  • There is contact with nature,harmony,and the viewer obliged to reciprocate in the depth of three dimensional space while "getting lost’ inside the view of intricate details
  • It’s a painting that they used to decorate walls of royal apartments

How is this representative of Baroque Art ?

  • The use of mythological scenes are incorporated ,and we also have elements of rationalism

  • Effect of the Italian Renaissance in the paintings of North Europe (Flander Baroque painting)

  • Diagonical composition and impressions from the perspective,optical illusions also

  • Exarcebation of emotions,and a combination of different approaches of classical elements

  • Chiaroscuro because many artists influenced by Caravaggio,and sometimes contrast between thermal colors

  • The machina Gods or the " air space" used in Baroque


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