Art Final Paper 201 - After the Renaissance

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Art 201 Professor WilsonMay 6th 2012

Final Paper- Comparison between two works of art
Pompeo Girolamo Batoni Diana and Cupid 1761 and Corrado Giaquinto The Lamentation 1740’s

Neoclassical Art was an art form that followed the Baroque and Rococo art periods. Neoclassicism was a way for artists to display their wish to return to meaningful art, to escape the frivolity of landscapes and still life paintings, and paint something that had a moral, educational or inspirational value to the viewer. Neoclassical art was an attempt to return knowledge and purity back to art. Neoclassicism was mainly focused on Greek and Roman arts and stories of the classical era with some new advancement. It was a revival of antiquity.

In Pompeo Girolamo Batoni’s Diana and Cupid, the Greek and Roman style is depicted in her clothing and the story. In Corrado Giaquinto’s The Lamentation, the moral value and the biblical story shows the need of the artist to return to the pure art. Both of these features show their neoclassical characteristics. These pieces of art also take many characteristics from earlier art forms like classical and renaissance time periods.

In both Diana and Cupid, and The Lamentation, the artists used similar techniques to that of the classical and renaissance periods. One of the main ways the viewer can see this is by the subjects, in both paintings it is clearly obvious that the human figures are the main subjects.

There are many similarities that can be made between these two pieces of art; many of them can be compared to earlier art forms as well. In the Renaissance period the use of color, composition, touch, and gaze was extremely important to the artist, theses techniques would help the artist connect the viewer to the work, it would seem that the same could hold true in these pieces of work as well. In both of these paintings the viewer is on the same level as the subjects, the artist made a connection to the viewer through the viewers...
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