Thursday, August 30, 2007
Renaissance to Baroque
Tibaldi, Adoration of the Shepards, 1549
-This is NOT what it looked like when the shepards came to visit Christ
-there was an emphasis on the artificiality of the image
Mannerisma as Disquiet
Pontomro, Entombment, 1525-28
-2 figures are carrying Christ’s body to his tomb
-Mary is in her typical blue robes, weeping
-The people in the picture are in awkward poses (i.e. tuptoes)
-They are wearing light blue, yellows, violets, artificial exaggerated colors
-in Mannerism space gets oddly compressed and squeezed
Joachim Wtewael, Mars and Venus discovered by the Gods, 1605
-a bed chamber, Mars and Venus are discovered in their affair, ah! Scandalous!
-The bodies are all bent in odd, “artfull” ways
-mannerists artists emphasized art to the extreme, sometimes to absurd ends
Van Hemessen, Calling of Mathew, 1540
-Who matthew is, is nto clear. Maybe the one in the red?
Early Baroque, Engagement with reality
Caravaggio, Entombment, 1602-03
-the background is dark, but it doesn’t seem like an uncertain space
-Caravaggio organized his space well
-there is a sense of clarity
-the main figure is the subject, it’s pretty easy to understand whats going on.
-No one is there, just taking up space
-Only the key elements are present
-they are all standing on the tombstone, a very concrete plane on which everyone
-Caravaggio introduces a new type of realism
And he leads into Baroque…
Baroque comes from
, a Portuguese word for an imperfect, or irregularly shaped
Means to be ugly or to be exaggerated, which is what baroque art is, exaggerated.
Bernini, Ecstasy of St. Theresa, 1645-52