The Baroque Period
James M. Boynton
October 28, 2012
The Baroque period was a time heavy on neo-classical artists. Some of the greatest paintings marveled in more modern times were created during this era. A time when paintings were painted so well they could be compared to photographic portraits. The artists of this time focused on precision and accuracy and gave realistic portrayals of their subjects.
The Baroque period was a seventeenth to eighteenth century art movement in Europe where artists reflected their religious, political, and personal perspectives through art. The detailing of these works of art were impeccable, capturing life-like characteristics and color tones giving off a realistic visual. In this discussion the works of three artists will be observed: Jacque- Louise David, Eugene Delacroix, and Artemisia Gentileschi. The theme of this discussion will be “Fem Fatal” focusing on the influence of women that have been captured in a painting.
The first piece is one entitled, Mars Disarmed by Venus and the Three Graces, a painting created by the talented Jacques-Louis David (David, 1824). The form is scenery set in what appears to be some type of air temple acknowledging the flooring of this location is made of clouds. Using great perspective the key figures are in the forefront of the painting with Venus centered and Mars slightly off centered to the left. Behind the individuals is some type of four column wall or temple entrance that serve as a background to a steamy scene in the making as the goddess of love Venus attempts to put her feminine charm on the god of war Mars. David takes from a Roman influence, noting that he chose not to use the Greek versions of the two Aphrodite and Ares. Three of Venus’s maidens in the background maneuver themselves in subtle ways ensuring Mars’s focus stays on Venus. One somehow removes his helmet and another takes his bow and shield, as he is willingly handing his sword. To...
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