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Week 1 notes

by: Anahit Ghaltaghchyan

Week 1 notes art history 6b

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Renaissance and Baroque
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This 15 page Class Notes was uploaded by Anahit Ghaltaghchyan on Friday June 24, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to art history 6b at University of California Santa Barbara taught by zumaya in Summer 2016. Since its upload, it has received 34 views. For similar materials see Renaissance and Baroque in Art History at University of California Santa Barbara.


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Date Created: 06/24/16
▯ Baroque ▯ ▯ Reformation and counter reformation in Europe 1517-1648. Central Europe- roman catholic vs protestant Annibale Carracci Madonna and Child with St Luke and St Catherine (Madonna de San Luca) 1592 compared to Sistine Madonna Taking best features from paintings around the same time period Characterization of Madonna is shown similar to that of Raphael’s Annibale also looking at Titian’s style Red robe- same as Titian’s St Luke Studied Titian’s, wants you to compare Deliberate reference to an art deserving of imitation, yet competitive since there is a intention to surpass Single style from two different styles (Titian and Raphael), very ambition Imitation seen as pedantic, unimaginative In reality it shows the ability to synthesize two different styles which is very creative in itself Imitation must be seen as positive Finding common principle along with best qualities Annibale Carracci, Gallery, Palazzo Farnese, Rome 1597-1601 Ceiling fresco Multiplying complexities (gold frames, marble looking frescoes) Bacchus and Ariadne scene Pagan mythology figures Story of love Wedding celebration described as festive celebration (ancient poetic texts) Acting like a poet Spirited and energetic description of the story from ancient antiquity Reference to Bacchanal – same subject, spirit, theme Though fresco has some limitations, it can still create an image just as compelling as oil painting Also similar to the style of Raphael’s Galatea Inevitable allusions to Michelangelo Allusions indented to be recognized and appreciated (humor) Sophisticated entertainment in recognizing certain elements of his painting #Michalangelesque Suggests rhythmic dance (even the cupids) Cleverly adapted elements from ancient sculptures Marble – entirely painted Pietro de Cortona, Allegory of Divine Providence, Barbernini Palace Rome 1633-9. Elevation triumph of Barberninin family   Bright colors Barbernini family shield- 3 bumblebees Assembling their family shield in heaven Golden central female figure- divine wisdom (chooses the pope) Election of the pope from Barberinin family- will of god Thesis: Barberini election for pope Fra Andrea Pozzo, Apotheosis of St. Ignatius Loyola, Sant’lhnazio Rome 1691- 94 Illusion of extended space Audience being witness to a miracle taking place View into heaven Very naturalistic of it all happening right above your head Making the divine more believable Psychologically aggressive Caravaggio Bacchus 1595 Rival with Annibale beautifully painted God of vine Strategy to approaching classical antiquity RADICAL Caravaggio St Jerome 1606 Translated the bible from greek to latin Characterizes the subject as discipline/dedication to his sainthood Dramatic light, creates sharp contrast between light and dark Essential lighting for modeling the light and shade to create an illusion of space Radically simplifies the modeling of light to dark Gives emotional concentration to the painting itself because of the simplicity of lighting Translating as much of the bible as possible before death (skull) Calculated for maximum effect yet very simple Compare living and dead Makes one thing of the meaning of ones work in relation to death Cerasi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popolo decorations by Annibale Carraci and Caravaggio 1600-1 Set Annibale vs Caravaggio up against each other, completed by their rivalry to produce something better than the other Caravaggio Martydom of St Peter 1600- 1 St peter asked to be crucified upside down because he wasn’t worth being crucified the same way that his savior (Jesus) was. Brutal suffering. Makes you register the pain of being hung upside down Maximum drama, seeing his face against pitch black background Barbarity of doing this to an old man- makes it much more compelling Very expressive facial expression Accepting of his death, enduring the pain through every ounce of strength Very original and powerful Caravaggio Conversion of St Paul Counter intuitive way of approaching this subject Effect of putting st paul (very helpless) at the bottom of the painting is even more powerful St paul- jew, converted to Christianity “Only when you blinded me when I truly saw” paradox Death of the Virgin 1605 “inappropriate” “ too radical” denied by the people who commissioned the painting Not very graceful death Weeping in a very genuine way Grief over death, no sign of heavenly ascent Wearing red, red drapery Did not make use of conventions that are usually shown in Virgin Marys death Undealized way of representing the virgin (looks like normal woman) Feet project out toward viewer, bottoms of feet dirty Not liked by many people of the time, seen as disrespectful Guido Reni, Martyrdom of St Peter 1604-5 Combining Caravaggio and Annibale Student of Annibale More graceful Reaching for the ray of light from the top Guido Reni Immaculate Conception 1627 Looks like Raphael’s Sistine Madonna Other worldly Guido Reni’s own style established Faced famous for looking up Purity and Sweetness More appropriate for the theme People believed he outdid Titian’s


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