How the 20th Century Changed Art

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Running head: HOW THE 20TH CENTURY CHANGED ART 1 How the 20th Century Changed Art HUM 112: World Cultures II Dr. Wayne Marshall Strayer University February 26, 2017
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HOW THE 20TH CENTURY CHANGED ART 2 The Counter-Reformation Era, was the catalyst that led to the Baroque period style of art and architecture. The Catholic Church had to find a way to get back all the followers they had lost to the Protestant Church during the Reformation. So, they thought long and hard and enlisted an artist by the name of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Bernini was not just a painter, he was also a sculptor and an architect. Gian Lorenzo Bernini was tasked to build a fountain on the family estate of then Pope Innocent X. The fountain, Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, or the Fountain of Four Rivers, is a representation of the four major rivers in the world (at that time). The fountain features four gods for the different rivers, the Nile in Africa, the Danube in Europe, the Ganges in Asia, and the Rio de la Plata in America. I guess you can say, the Catholic Church was sneaky in a way using this over the top, gaudy style of art to lure people in. It is almost like how the Pied Piper lured all the rats out of town with the sweet sounds of his flute. To draw people in, you somehow must appeal to a deeper more meaningful side of them which the Baroque style of art did.
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