Famous Baroque Art Pieces

Saint Charles at the Four FountainsDesigned by the architect Francesco BorrominiSeems elasticEffect of movementLots of lights and darks

Ecstasy of Saint TeresaDesigned and completed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the leading sculptor of his dayDepicts St. Theresa’s vision in which an angel pierced her heart with a golden arrowMovement and emotion- central aspects of baroque art

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DAVIDlife-size marble sculpture by Gian Lorenzo Berniniexample of sculpture in the round- viewer must move around the work to see it completelyImplied movement (coiled stance)Very theatrical

The Conversion of St. PaulBy CaravaggioThe moment St. Paul receives his message from godGreat example of chiaroscuroDramatic movement and emotion

Judith and the Maid Servant with the Head of HolofernesBy GentileschiJudith beheading the General HolofernesShe seduces him with wine and good looks and then chops off his head…Chiaroscuro – Drama, movement, emotion

The Raising of the CrossBy RubensA TRYPTYCHFlowing movementPyramidal configuration

The Night WatchRembrandtRembrandt painted everyday events, historical subjects and landscapesLight, shadow and atmosphereMovement and drama- captures a moment in time

The Love LetterGenre painting by VermeerA servant maid handing a letter to a young woman with a luteCurtain creates the impression this is a private scenePainting on wall suggests the letter is form a sailor at seaVermeer used a ‘camera obscura’

Las Meninasa 1656 painting by Diego Velazquez, the leading artist of the Spanish Golden AgeWe see what the king and queen would have seenBlurred figures imply movementCaptures a moment in time

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