Comparative Art Essay

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  • Topic: Rome, Baroque, Gian Lorenzo Bernini
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In this essay I will analyze and compare and contrast three art facts composed during the Baroque Era. The Baroque Era is defined as a characteristic of a style in art and architecture developed in Europe from the early 17th to mid-18th century, emphasizing dramatic, often strained effect and typified by bold, curving forms, elaborate ornamentation, and overall balance of disparate parts. The exuberant trend of Italian art was best represented by Borromini in architecture, by Bernini in sculpture, and by the Dutch artist Rembrandt in painting (Wikipedia Contributors). Three art facts composed in Rome during this realistic era include the San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, St. Theresa in Ecstasy, and the Resurrection of Christ. The artist Francesco Borromini was a prominent and influential Baroque architect. Borromini was born in Bissone, Switzerland during a time of constant conflict between Catholic and Protestant states which erupted battles during 1529-1616 (Wikipedia Contributors). Borromini was the son of a stone mason and started his career as a stone mason in 1616. He moved to Rome in 1619 to compose his independent art works using his platonic realism philosophies and non-classic style. Platonic realism is defined as the theory of reality around us is only a reflection of a higher truth. His first independent commission (begun in 1634) was the San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane in Rome, one of the masterpieces of the Roman Baroque. The church was composed during the late baroque period that dates to circa 1665-1667 (Wikipedia Contributors). The church was constructed in an undulating rhythm of architectural elements within a basic geometric plan. It's one of the most notable examples of Baroque architecture. The artist Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini was a sculptor, painter and architect and a formative influence as an outstanding exponent of the Italian Baroque. Bernini was born in Naples, Italy during which time Italy economy was thieving and numerous...
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