Art Appreciation Unit 4 Ip

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From the Baroque Period through the Romantic Age
May 20, 2010
Unit 4 Individual Project
American InterContinental University

During this assignment I will talk about three types of Work of Art from three different artists from the Baroque period through the postmodern era. 1). Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio; 2) Rembrandt van Rijn; and 3) Peter Paul Rubens, these three artists were known for their religious theme in their art work. The naturalism that was visibly demonstrated in each of the artist work with high contrast of lighting that noticeably appeared in these paintings. Each artist was well known and respected for their work.

The three artists Works of Art that I have chosen are:
Michelangelo Caravaggio: The Calling of St. Matthew c. 1599-1602 (Oil on Canvas)

Description of Caravaggio Work of Art

The Calling of St. Matthew is from the Baroque period. The art work is showing a scene at the tavern with St. Matthew sitting at the table counting the day’s take with a few of his agents. St. Matthew was formerly a tax collector. (Sayre, 2010) By judging their attire they appeared to be wealth. Viewing the picture from the right you could see two barefoot and humble figures, which one of them was Jesus. Jesus was calling St. Matthew to join them pointing at himself in amazement. The main thing that is letting us know this is a religious painting is the faint indication of a halo above Christ’s head. (Sayre, 2010)

About the Artist

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was born in Milan around September 29, 1571. His parents were professional land-owners. Caravaggio was named after his mother’s hometown Caravaggio. He was the eldest of the four children. Four hundred years ago during the time of reformation in the time of Shakespeare. Caravaggio would stage scenes with lighting that was inspiring to many modern film directors. Having lived with high superiority descriptions and movies, it was difficult for people...
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