MCA 5 Baroque

Every age projects its own images in the arts. The artists Caravaggio and Rubens both made notable contributions in the Baroque period. The Baroque art period followed the Renaissance, consisting of many similar advancements, but also many different, such as that of ornamentation: the decreased used of strait lines. Baroque art also included the use of significantly dark and light colors, and also the use of many different overlapping objects. One of the most noticeable features, is the use of animation. This technique puts the figures in such positions, that you can conclude not only what is going on, but what happened, and what is going to happen. 

This painting by Caravaggio, shows a young man, and what appears to be a woman playing a game of cards. While their spectator takes a peak at the woman's cards, the young man decides to pull a couple extra from his back pocket. This is an excellent example of how Caravaggio uses a sort of animation in his work. One could easily describe what the figures were doing, and what they were thinking. It also displays the use of very bright bright colors, such as in the young man's shirt. But also some very dark dark colors, as in the woman's clothing.
This painting shows a woman wishing what is probably her husband good luck. The woman's dress, and the mans dashing hat, both show the use of not your average darkness, but advanced darkness in them. The restricted use of strait lines is also displayed, with only two strait lines on the man's sword.
This work of art, The Crowning with Thorns, shows Jesus getting the crown of thorns shoved onto his head. The lighting in this is simply astonishing, as displayed on the smallest detail of the reflection on the man's armor. This painting is also a perfect example of the Baroque technique involving many different objects overlapping.
This painting by Peter Rubens displays the Pagan god called Bacchas. Bacchas represented the autumn harvest, and the month of October (Ironic right), and in this painting, him and the other strange goat people are making their final feats before winter time. You can properly see the use of very dark darks on the right hand side, and the excellent use of lighting on the left.There is also the aspect of infinity in the background, it was accepted that there could be unknown, rather than previous Renaissance artists putting everything in a confined room.
"Joan of Arc" shows the painted Saint Joan from France. Joan helped France drastically in the Hundred Year's War, and proclaimed she was sent by God to help the French army. Although not canonized until 1920, she was highly regarded by the Church and the public, showing the Catholic Church's increased involvement in the arts. The extreme dark shady color of Joan's armor is also displayed.
This painting shows women doing a common daily task: milking the cows. Daily life such as this, was very commonly looked over during the Italian Renaissance, and was put into paint in the 17th century. These perfectly displays the limited use of strait lines. Little to none of the trees have any strait lines, capturing the realism of nature.
This final painting of Rubens depicts two men fighting a bear, which has already slain two dogs. In this painting, you can clearly see the lack of a definite plane, as everyone is scattered all over the place. There is also a never ending background characteristic. Most noticeably though, is the further lack of strait lines, which has been displayed in most of Ruben's paintings.
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