08 Guilty Pleasures-Marie Antoinette and the Rococo in France

08 Guilty Pleasures-Marie Antoinette and the Rococo in France

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3/4/08 Guilty Pleasures: Marie Antoinette and the Rococo in  France 04/03/2008 15:33:00 Gianlorenzo Bernini Baldacchino 1624-1633 Huge catholic churches had dozens of alters, one needed to be the high alter In order to create something that reflected the magnificy of the catholic church o Intention was to make you see the power of the church, it’s huge o Most gaudy, gigantic, overwhelming experience o How do you call attention to the alter, cast in bronze Materials, and technical accomplishment that it represents Visual choices: ex: figures near the top of the canopy allow him to convey symbols (pipilled crown/tiara) and allow him to show off artistic styles An educated viewer would have immediately seen as difficult and the non-educated would have been captivated by the image Ex: twisted columns-set baldachino apart from everything else in this space-spiriling creates sense of distinction Also a symbolic reference-based on descriptions of the columns of solomon’s temple Metallics used The pope’s of the 17 th century are still from major noble Italian families Through the inclusion of his coats of arms Combines coat of arms from urbins family and the symbols of the pope (papal crown ad tiara and cross keys-keys of saint peter) As secular ruler, urban as pope, expressing the maginifance of the catholic faith Gianlorenzo Bernini Cornaro Family Chapel 1647-1652 Commisiioned by cardinal-designed as a burial for cornaro family Centerpiece is bernini’s best known sculpture and one of the most affective pieces for counter ref The Ecstacy of Saint Theresa Cornaro Chapel Marble o Religious narrative literally thrown into the viewers space (set against flat backdrop) o Uses light and shadow to create dynamic rhythm, by relying on deep folds
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o Work lit evenly all over for us to look at was not a reality in the 7 th century-so bernini manipulated the piece to make it seem as though they are witnessing “the religious narrative” Theatre box figures looking on
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2009 for the course AHIS 121g taught by Professor Baker during the Spring '06 term at USC.

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08 Guilty Pleasures-Marie Antoinette and the Rococo in France

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