Lecture 18_1 - Lecture 18 11/15/09 Michaelangelo Medici...

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Lecture 18 11/15/09 Michaelangelo Medici Chapel: Tomb of Guiliano de’ Medici Visually appealing in terms of the way the contrast between night and day is played out. The horizontal lines add to the visual picture that draws your eyes to the image. Guiliano is sitting in an alcove in the middle, he barely fits. Illusion of mobility, of a form that could get out. Triangle composition. Caravaggio (1571-1610), “David” Late Renaissance Cultural activities shifted from Florence to Rome. Intense emotionality ( Baroque style). Body as the reality . Imperfection. Caravaggio’s models were laypeople he met in real life, which enhances the realistic/secular aspects of his works. Tenebrism : violent contrast of light and shadow (dramatic illumination). Term that originates form the Latin root for shadow, tenebr- . Counter Reformation : Catholic churches’ reaction to Protestant reformers. Caravaggio’s works appealed to the Counter Reformation taste for realism and piety in art. Caravaggio spent most of his time in Rome and was born in Milan, one of the few non-Florentine artists.
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Lecture 18_1 - Lecture 18 11/15/09 Michaelangelo Medici...

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