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Baroque Versus Mannersitic Painting Styles Essay

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ICT Section 14 Dr.Quantrille William Kulesa Mannerist Painting Versus Baroque Painting Styles As a mannerist style painting Michelangelo Buonarroti's The Last Judgment is a perfect example. It was completed recently after the sack of Rome and reflects the mindset of that time perfectly. This is reinforced by the fact that it is done after but in the same vicinity as Michelangelo's previous works of the Renaissance. Caravaggio's The Supper at Emmaus on the other hand reflects Baroque style perfectly. It is clear to anyone viewing the piece the pure flamboyance of their actions as well as the illusionistic effects using shadows and perspective. The Last Judgment takes the mindset of a culture in turmoil and applies it to canvas. The doubt of the Christian community is also plain to see within this piece. The figures within it ...view middle of the document...

It is seen quite clearly in his works and the works of his fellows. Within Caravaggio's Supper at Emmaus we see a group of gentlemen sitting around a table in what seems to be a restaurant or tavern of some kind. Though the setting seems to be simple and straightforward the mood of the painting is extraordinary. The very realistic ness of the piece comes off as grandeur and ornate, and here it is quite plain to see the asymmetric tendencies of Baroque styles in the seating of the individuals within the piece. The emotions conveyed through the painting are easily seen due to the flamboyant gestures of the individuals featured. Even Jesus' seemingly quiet and calm motion of the hand comes off as theatrical and over the top. Caravaggio uses no idealization within his piece either. His subjects are realistic in every way, these are individuals one may say, look like any ordinary individual on the streets(Fiero 4:15). Caravaggio's work contributed greatly to the baroque movement. It is plain to see the diversity of the baroque style and philosophy within his works alone. This is seen most clearly by the fact that two of his most famous pieces represent two totally opposite subject matters. His Supper at Emmaus is a piece which can be said is to convey a message of hope at the rebirth of Christ, whereas his The Crucifixion of Saint Peter displays a man who is lost and powerless even though he is a follower of Christ and his teachings. If manneristic paintings were narrow in their perspective and outlook then baroque paintings were much broader in their scope by comparison. The manneristic style reflected one mindset of Christian culture at the time using basically renaissance styles. Baroque paintings were heavily influenced by renaissance styles yet did not confine themselves to only one time period mindset wise. The baroque pieces reflected the thoughts and philosophies of the entire renaissance in their message and intent.

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