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1The Beginning of Baroque 1600-1700 C.E. Schoellhorn-AP Art History
2The Wars of ReligionThe Protestant Reformation led to multiple religious wars, Catholics vs. Protestants.Holland became Protestant, breaking from Spain (Flanders remained Catholic in the South)French Catholics fought against Hugenots (Protestants) until the Edict of Nantes inHenry IV- “France is worth a mass.”Thirty Years War- German states fighting Spanish HRE for Protestant rulers.
3The Sound of ScienceScientific discoveries also threatened the power of the Catholic Church.Galileo-Heliocentric TheoryIsaac Newton- Deism, gravity, “God as the watchmaker”Tyco BraheJohannes Kepler
5The Counter-Reformation: A Religious Public Relations Campaign Officially began at the Council of Trent ( ) to regain faith to the church.Ended (some) corrupt practices of the church (simony, lust, etc)Required priests to attend seminariesRecruited missionaries (especially to the new world) to recruit non Christians.Jesuit orders established, founding religious schools (Get em while they’re young approach)
6“Don’t Call it a Comeback”-(LL Cool J) Baroque art began in Rome with patronage of Catholic churchvisual side of the Catholic Church renovations, used to reaffirm Catholic beliefs.Sacred images are completely okayMiracles were real and totally possible.Mary and all the Saints should be worshiped and are important.
7The Basics of BaroqueDeliberately evokes an emotional response from viewers (Venetians and mannerists already did this).“Don’t just think about it, feel it!”Canvas is a theater, using lighting for dramatic effect.Intense emotionRealistic portrayals from natureDramatic movementBright, vivid colorsTake the viewer INTO the painting through illusion, lighting, tromp l’oeilBlended together techniques, grand scale of the Renaissance with emotion, intensity and drama of Mannerism
8A Bias Against BaroqueBaroque is a term often used negatively, meaning ostentatious, overdone, gaudy. Do you agree?
9The Religious Divide With Baroque Art… Catholic countries will focus on religious artChurch and loyal royalty were patronsSpainFranceFlandersItalyProtestant countries focus on portraits, still lifes, genre scenes, landscapes (no icons)Merchants, nobility were patronsEnglandHolland (Dutch)
10The Impact of ItalyAcademies were created in Italy to train artists in Renaissance classical styles.Baroque artist combined…Renaissance balance with Baroque emotionStatic composure with dynamic movementIdealization combined with naturalistic observationGenre paintings, portraits, still lifes with Classical references.Sometimes, emotion, realism and classicism were combined all at once!
11Carracci vs. Caravaggio What differences do you see?
12The CarracciBrothers: Agostino and Annibale, Cousin Ludovico all shared a studio on Bologna.Founded an art academy in 15821595: Annibale hired by Cardinal Farnese to decorate Palazzo Farnese.Farnese Duke was marrying the Pope’s nieceRequested scenes of love from Ovid (Roman poet) Metamorphoses.Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel was inspiration.
15Aphrodite and AeneusJupiter and JunoSelene and Endymion
16Specifics on the Ceiling Di sotto in su ( From below, up)- Figures hover from above, looking down.Tromp l’oeil ignudi separate the scenes.Quadro riportato: wall mural on a curved ceiling.Viewer must stand in a particular spot for it to appear right side up.Barrel vault ceiling, divided into compartments, frames
17Creating Like Carracci Carracci inspired other artists to undertake ceiling frescosTried to create drama of immeasurable heavenDi sotto in suQuadratura: Architectural settings painted in meticulous perspectiveArchitecture continues to appear beyond viewers eye, into the sky.
18Quadro Riportato: Needs a particular viewing point.
25AKA: Glorification of Pope Urban VIII Model for illusionist palace ceilings in Europe.Figures weave in and out of architectural setting (quadratura)Shows virtues of the PopeSymbols of family (bees, wreaths)Sound familiar?
26Michelangelo Merisi: AKA Caravaggio Labeled most original, most influential painter of the 17th century.Made realism “en vogue” after artificiality of MannerismSaid to have been the first to intentionally shock and offend viewers.Called an “evil genius, anti-Christ of painting”“Perpetual feeding upon horror and ugliness and filthiness of sin.”-19th century art critic John Ruskin.“Omen of the ruin and demise of painting, painting with nothing but nature before him which he simply copied in an amazing way.Quick tempered, killed a man over a tennis match with a knife, fled to Rome.Condemned to death, pardoned later.Kicked out of Lombardy, Rome, Naples, Malta, Sicily, Naples again, stabbed in the face.ONE GOOD THING: All this running spread his style throughout Europe.
27The Brawling Bohemian Anti-tradition Rebellious against convention Preferred real, dregs of society vs. goddessesStreets were the true source of realismSecularized religious artSaints, religious figures were painted as ordinary people using common models.Gritty realism-some influence from Venetian Ren.
29Shedding Light on the Subject Carravaggio dramatized scenes with diagonal light beam, highlighting emotions, actions, everything else in shadow.Tenebrism: Italian word for murky, gloomy, in a dark manner; dramatic dark and light contrast.Chiaroscuro is more gradual, this is dramatic.Used a lamp or natural light come through a window to throw light on subjects.Where is the light coming from here?
31Breaking the BarrierBaroque artists like Carravaggio worked to bring the viewer into the painting.Placed illusionistic objects at the bottom of paintings that project into viewer space, making viewer feel more involved.Chiaroscuro works like a theater spotlight, dramatically highlighting the action.
32Calling of Saint Matthew, 1597-1601 How does Caravaggio use light to show current, previous action? Where is St. Matthew? What makes this dramatic?
33Calling of St. Matthew Religious commission, San Luigi dei Francesci Hit or miss on his religious paintings being accepted.Earliest religious commission, served French community in Rome.Matthew was patron saint.Paintings show his calling, martyrdomConversion: Common counter reformation theme.Pained oil on canvas to be hung together, not frescoes.No official decision on who Matthew is.
35Conversion of St. Paul, 1601 Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome How is light used?How does the artist bring the painting into your space?
36Entombment, 1603 Vatican Museum, Rome Placed over an altar, Christ being placed ON the altar.Located where communion served.Counter Reformation idea of transubstantiation- body and blood from wine and bread.Nicodemus COULD be Carravaggio.
37Profane PiecesMany pieces commissioned by Carravaggio were deemed to0 profane or vulgar to accept or use.Often had to tone down or redo his pieces.Originals were bought by private owners.Use of everyday figures and common people DID show that Catholicism was open to all people (probably not what he was going for).HATED by some artists, LOVED by others.
38Gentle Orazio Gentileschi Madonna and Child, 1609First main follower of Caravaggio.Embraced realism, viewer involvement.Much more gentle pause in action, less tension.Very close to his daughter, Artemisia who he taught art, may have gentled him.She became a major artist, influenced by personal experience of rape by her tutorTortured with thumb screws until she took back her accusation.Her style was NOT so gentle.
39Artemesia Gentileschi: The First Feminist Painter Judith Slaying Holofernes, 1614-1620 How do you see Caravaggio’s influence here?Judith- Hebrew heroine cutting off the head of a Babylonian general. Common theme for her.
44Italian Baroque Sculpture Hellenistic influenceDrama, motionNegative spaceViewed from multiple anglesSculpture is created to give tactile (touch) feel (rough skin, smooth skin, etc).Dynamic, explosive energy, pent up, ready to burst.
45Bernini: “He left his mark on the face of Rome.” Greatest Baroque sculptureAlso an architect, playwright, composer, etc and THEATER STAGE DESIGNER.Appointed Vatican architect in 1629Large workshop allowed outside commissions.First gained fame as a sculptorSon of a sculptor
49Bernini’s Bronze Baldacchino (1624-1633) For most of his life, Bernini worked on commissions for St. Peter’s Cathedral.Baldachin: CanopyCommissioned by Barberini Pope, Urban VIIIPlaced under central dome of the Vatican, over burial site of St. Peter.Taller than ten stories (100 feet)Four grooved spiral columns with vines, leaves and bees (why?)Corkscrew columns draw eye upward.Four colossal bronze angels at the corners.Architecture combined with sculpture- Baroque characteristic)
52The Ecstasy of St. Theresa, 1645-52 Bernini’s masterpiece for Cardinal Cornaro funeral chapel in San Maria della Vittoria, dedicated to St. Theresa.Whole chapel designed around it to show it off.Sculpted “spectators” around it- members of Conaro family. .Spanish mystic who heard voices, believing to have been pierced in the heart with an angel arrow, giving her divine love.“The pain was so great that I screamed aloud, but at the same time I felt such infinite sweetness that I wished the pain to last forever.”Suffered from intense malarial pain, similar to Hildegard of Bingen.
53The Sculptural Style Very dynamic, moving, emotional Textures created through marble.Vault of heaven on the ceiling, with sculptural golden rays of light.Hidden window on ceiling lets in light.Contrast: Angel’s peace, Theresa’s pain/ecstasyGoal: Animate viewers with religious fervor, passion.Sculpture is a stage with spectators.