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  1. Baroque and Rococo 





    Read Janson’s History of Art Portable Edition Book 3: The Renaissance through the Rococo, (pages 661-783). If needed, use other sources and cite them in your paper.
    •    View Module 6 PowerPoint

    Reading Assignment

    •    Write at least 3-page paper (1200 words) covering the following themes:
    1.    Define the style of Baroque.
      2.    Analyze Caravaggio’s painting “The Conversion of St. Paul” and explain why it is a Baroque painting.
      3.    Analyze Bernini’s sculpture “The Ecstasy of St. Teresa.”
      4.    Write a short biography on Rembrandt.
      5.    Analyze Rembrandt’s painting “The Night Watch.”
      6.    Analyze Watteau’s painting “A Pilgrimage to Cythera” and explain why it is a Rococo painting.
      7.    Write a short biography on Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.
      8.    Analyze Tiepolo’s fresco at the Kaieseraal in Wurzburg.

    View the following video clip on Artemisia Gentileschi: https://youtu.be/S5qSwf-GTfs

    Post your opinion on Baroque as a reflection of a political battle between Catholicism and the Reformation 




Subject Art and design Pages 3 Style APA


Baroque through his artistic works depicted the conflict between the Roman Catholics and the Reformists. Even though largely viewed as a catholic, sometimes Baroque deviated and advanced the reformist agenda. It was the catholic church that encouraged the style that Baroque used in communicating his thoughts through art. His religious objects not only motivated religion but also advanced the Catholic ideals. The priest, popes, cardinals among other church officials promoted the idea, making his art spread widely across the globe. The Catholics wanted to use his ideas to encourage more people to shun the then spreading protestant ideals. By promoting his works, the Catholic officials had imagined that they would use his work as a means of undermining the reformists considering how much he was popular with the masses. However, it would later turn that Baroque intended to have an independent thought process. 

Baroque combined architecture, painting, music and poetry to appeal to all the people who loved his artistic work, regardless of their religion. He must have realized that it would be harmful to mix religion and profession, choosing to meet the demands of all people without religious prejudice. His objects brought honor to the people that commissioned them, and therefore it was not like the catholic church was doing him any favor by promoting his work, considering the enormous name he had made for himself. Even though it can be argued that the catholic church tried as much to ensure that they involved Baroque in the religious politics against the reformists, the later never was interested in meeting such biased interest. He comes across as a free thinker who understand the balance between his profession and religion. I`m of the opinion that even though most people believe Baroque was skewed or leaned towards Catholicism, nothing could be further from the truth. Baroque does not reflect the battle between Catholics and the reformists. 




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