Rome in the Age of Bernini

Outline for Lectures 5 and 6

These two lectures were concerned with the beginnings of Baroque architectural church design and painting in Baroque Italy. Your basic textual sources for these will be Wittkower and the beginning of Varriano.

A note on the links: I've tried to find a good sampling of the works we saw in class, especially if the photos weren't that good. Please do not worry about any accompanying text. Your responses to any questions involving these are to come from your readings and my lectures.

The Gesu

We traced the revival of painting styles first from the now rather tired style of Mannerism, a type (the name is modern, please remember) characterized most notably by its artificiality of composition and sophisticated color. As examples of that style we looked at:

  1. Jacopo Pontormo's Deposition of c. 1528.
  2. Francesco Salviati's Charity of 1554/58.

These won't show up on any exams by themselves, but you should be able to invoke them as background to any discussion of the origins of Italian Baroque painting. By the way, you may find Charles McCorquodale's The Baroque Painters of Italy to be useful in studying the following painters and their art. It's a small, elegant book on reserve in the Art Library. Start from page 16. This has several of the paintings I showed in class that aren't in Wittkower (or aren't in color).

Carracci and Caravaggio

These two artists can without any hesitation be called the greatest painters of the Italian Baroque. Also, if this were a class on Baroque Painting in Europe, we would be tracing their influence on artists all over Western Europe to at least the end of the seventeenth century.

Annibale Carracci (1560-1609)

Caravaggio (1573-1610)


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