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Aim: How did Baroque art reflect the attitudes of the 17 th century? Baroque Art: Takes shape in Italy, Spain and France after 1600. Intensely emotional,

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1 Aim: How did Baroque art reflect the attitudes of the 17 th century? Baroque Art: Takes shape in Italy, Spain and France after Intensely emotional, exuberant art that portrays dramatic human moments (man at his most excited). Purposes of Baroque Art: – Tool of the counter-reformation – To glorify monarchies – In the Netherlands, people are interested in a toned down Baroque art that stressed self-portraits and a Calvinist lifestyle.

2 Italians Michelangelo (late): The Dome of St. Peter’s (1626) A dramatic moment is created by the sheer size. Extremely elaborate, winding and overwhelming, all to glorify the Church.

3 Italians Bernini: Ecstasy of St. Theresa ( ) Sculpture of 16 th century Spanish nun St. Theresa being visited by an angel. The angel plunges a golden spear into her heart, leaving her “utterly consumed by the great love of God.”

4 Italians Gentileschi: Judith Beheading Holofernes ( ) Based on an Old Testament story. Judith, a Jewish widow, and her maidservant, seduce Holofernes, an Assyrian general persecuting the Jewish people. After he is drunk, the two women behead him!

5 French  More focused on glorifying absolute monarchy than the Church Peter Paul Rubens: Henry IV Receiving the Portrait of Marie de Medici ( )

6 French Poussin: The Rape of the Sabine Women ( )

7 The Dutch Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665)

8 The Dutch Rembrandt: The Night Watch (1642)


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