20 October 2010

Art Movements: Baroque

Origin: Europe
Period: 1600's to 1800's
Style: Violent movement, strong emotion, and dramatic lighting and colouring.

Baroque is probably well-known for its religious influences, but I would also like to notice not just the subject of a baroque painting, but also the technique, colours, and lighting used.

What I like about Baroque is how intense it is from the moment you first look. Baroque paintings and architectures are both very strong and captivating.

Below are some of my favourite paintings by some important Baroque artists.

Peter Paul Rubens,
Massacre of the Innocents, 1611
A painting that sold at an auction at Sotheby's, London, in July 2002 for £49.5 million :)

Peter Paul Rubens,
Fall of the Damed, 1620


Michelangelo Buonarroti,
The Last Judgement, 1537-1541
On the walls of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City. A work the took 4 years to complete.

Michelangelo Buonarroti,
detail from The Last Judgement.
Minos bitten by a snake
(it is on the lower right corner of the full painting shown above)


Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio,
Amor Vincit Omnia (1601-02)

Cupid prevailing over all human endeavors: war, music, science, government.

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio,
Judith Beheading Holofernes (1598-99)

The apocryphal Book of Judith tells how Judith saved her people by seducing and killing Holofernes, the Assyrian general.

After viewing some of these Baroque paintings, I could only sit back, sigh, and let that awe-ful feeling take over me. Massive.

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