Art history essay - Figures around a table by Candlelight...

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Figures around a table by Candlelight vs. Christ Triumphant over Sin and Death The respective works by Gerrit van Deurs and Peter Paul Rubens are very similar in that they are both Baroque works that emphasize dramatic lighting and appear to draw influence from the works of Caravaggio. But the works are not without difference. While Rubens’ has a clear message, the message of van Deurs’ work is very open to the viewer’s interpretation. The two paintings share many characteristics, including the use of lighting, engagement of the viewer, and overall emotion. In both works, dramatic lighting is used to highlight the important figures against a dark background, a style popular in the Baroque period. In van Deurs’ piece, the old man on the left and woman on the right are lit up, whereas Christ is illuminated in Rubens’ work. The light really makes the figures stand out and immediately draw the viewer’s attention. In both works, the main characters stare directly out, engaging the viewer in the work.

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