Survey of Art 1B
Italian Baroque
 

Fast Facts

There was an explosion of knowledgeduring the 17th Century. In spite of political conflict, Europe grew into a socially stable community; travel, exploration and commerce gave rise to new possibilities. A cosmopolitan attitude developed bringing with it a sense of “style” and sophistication. Exploration for “gold” (for businessmen), “God” (for the Church), and “glory” (for soldiers and noblemen ) was pursued. Scientific experimentation extended well beyond earth in the theories of the new astronomy and physics of Galileo, Kepler and Newton in addition to the discoveries of microscopic spaces of the cellular. There was a near obsession with light as a physical entity capable of being refracted into color by a prism.

Baroque art challenged the imagination and encouraged active viewer participation.

 

 

Picture of "St Peter's Cathedral" Bernini

St. Peter's Cathedral (facade), 1607-1657

Artist: Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)
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Picture of "David" Bernini

David,1623

Artist: Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)
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Picture of "St Terese of Avila in Ecstasy" Bernini

St. Teresa of Avila in Ecstasy, 1645-1652

Artist: Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)
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Picture of "The Calling of St. Matthew" by Caravaggio

The Calling of St. Matthew, 1599-1602

Artist: Caravaggio (1573-1610)
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Picture of "The Entombment" by Caravaggio

The Entombment, 1600

Artist: Caravaggio (1573-1610)
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Picture of "The Conversion of St. Paul" by Caravaggio

The Conversion of St. Paul, 1600

Artist: Caravaggio (1573-1610)
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Picture of "The Crucifixion of St. Peter" by Caravaggio

The Crucifixion of St Peter, 1601

Artist: Caravaggio (1573-1610)
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Picture of "Bacchus" by Caravaggio

Bacchus, 1603

Artist: Caravaggio (1573-1610)
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Picture of "Self Portrait" by Gentileschi

Self Portrait, 1630

Artist: Artemesia Gentileschi (1539-1653)
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Kathleen Grisham
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