Mca 12

Every Age Projects it's own image in arts.                     The Baroque period was a time when art flourished in all of Europe. The artistic aspects of shading, detail and perspective, and is characterized mainly by ornamentation. The artists of the time focused on implementing curved rather than straight lines, and a distinct contrast between the darks and the lights. The darker spots in the paintings were very shaded in order to contrast the lighter parts in order to create a three dimensional effect. Paintings of the Baroque period were an important and influential tool for the counter reformation. Many of the scenes depicted in the paintings were from the bible to promote Roman Catholicism.                                                                                                   Some of the most influencial artists of the time were Nicolas Poussin, Rembrandt van Rijn

The Triumph of Bacchus, Nicolas Poussin, 1635 - 1636, From the collection of: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
This painting by Nicolas Poussin is a Classical scene, depicting the Roman god Bacchus surrounded by drunks who are following his chariot. There are many Baroque qualities in this painting, including the deep darks, and great detail.
The continence of Scipio, Nicolas Poussin, 1640, From the collection of: The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
This painting by Nicolas Poussin is of a Celtiberian Chieftain who is returning with his soldiers. It has extreme attention to detail on the human faces and very dark darks, which is characteristic of Baroque times.
Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion, Nicolas Poussin, 1648, From the collection of: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
This landscape painting takes place in Megara were a Athenian general, Phocion was killed and cremated. His ashes lie on the ground with a temple in the background. The classical theme, very prominent darks, and landscape subject are very common for the Baroque period.
The Mill, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1645 - 1648, From the collection of: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
This landscape art by Rembrandt van Rijn is considered one of his greatest works. The painting depicts a dark silhouetted mill against a stormy sky has a very ominous mood to it. There are many Baroque characteristics in the painting, such as its darker than black darks.
The Night Watch, Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, 1642, From the collection of: Rijksmuseum
A group portrait of a militia company, the Night Watch was not actually supposed to portray a nocturnal scene. The darkness actually came from premature darkening from multi-layered varnish. It seems to highlight the men's faces and the figure of a small girl. It was extremely popular for its time in the Baroque period for how dark it was and became famous for its misleading title.
The Abduction of Europa, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1632, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This is a painting that tells the Greek story of how Europa, a Greek princess, was abducted by Zeus, a mythological Greek god who was disguised as a bull. It has very dark darks and a very classical theme, which are characteristic of the Baroque era.
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