MCA-11 Baroque

"Every Age Projects its own image into its art". This can be seen in baroque art very clearly. This period after renaissance art surely does not put renaissance to shame, but its use of the same techniques by extraordinary artists puts it right up with those such as Michelangelo. Different from the renaissance however, are the techniques used to bring emotion and religion into these pieces. In renaissance art we see religious paintings using Chiaroscuro, perspective and many more. Baroque artists used these techniques among others such as impasto, and thick brushwork, as can be seen in the artwork that follows.

In this art piece the technique of chiaroscuro can be clearly seen especially in the clothing and the faces of the individual. To accompany this chiaroscuro, tenebrism is used. Also seen in this picture is the use of impasto as most clearly seen in the sky.
In this piece as in many if not all of baroque pieces we see the paired effort of Chiaroscuro and tenebrism. Particularly in the clothing we see the shadows cast and the light shown. Drawing attention to the figure on the left in the white we can see the bright clothing still with shadows within. We see a deep perspective from the smoke in the background to the man in the throne, showing the distance, yet still with impeccable detail.
In this painting though we see many artistic techniques, the one that seems most dominant is perspective. We see perspective showing the distance from the rocks in from to the city in the distance and we even see it used to place the subject in the sky realistically without awkward lines or distance. We can also see impasto in the background as you see the thickness of the trees' leaves and clouds.
In this most interesting painting we see the extreme uses of chiaroscuro and tenebrism. We see the lightest lights in the children and adults' skin, yet we see contrasting darks still in the ground and shadows. The two babies who sit in front both cast dark shadows, but radiate with light skin. We can also see a unique emotional moment as e notice the detail in the faces of those depicted. We see their emotions, and they capture our own.
In this painting, though we do see much chiaroscuro, we can mainly observe the tenebrism that accompanies it as seen in the bright yellows of the clothes and the brightness of the faces. Though not as apparent we can see impasto, mostly in the background and clothes.
In this painting, though it uses many impressive techniques, we mainly see the emotional effort. Valazquez is most obviously drawing to the emotions of the middle class and commoners. He depicts a common luncheon with friends, drinking, eating and smiling. The attempts to capture emotion are evident and seem well shown. He uses chiaroscuro and tenebrism throughout the entire piece, but i feel the reach to the common herd is more important and baroque.
In thi painting we most definitely to not see a reach toward a common people, or towards the hearts and souls of men, But we still see emotion. We see the baby triumphant atop his steed, and we feel connection. We may not know why, but the painting feels significant. This painting brilliantly captures an unusual event, but it is well done. This painting also clearly uses impasto in the ground and the rolling background, and as we see the thick strokes the emotional effect only increases.
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