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The Baroque interval lasted from the start of the 17th century to the center of the eighteenth century. Baroque artwork was once artists' reaction to the Catholic Church's call for for solemn grandeur following the Council of Trent, and during its monumentality and grandiloquence it seduced the good ecu courts. among the Baroque arts, structure has, definitely, left the best mark in Europe: the continent is dotted with wonderful Baroque church buildings and palaces, commissioned via buyers on the top in their energy. The works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini of the Southern college and Peter Paul Rubens of the Northern tuition on my own exhibit the significance of this creative interval. wealthy in pictures encompassing the humanities of portray, sculpture and structure, this paintings deals an entire perception into this passionate interval within the background of paintings.

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Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Bologna. 26. Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, also known as Guercino, Dawn, 1621. Fresco. Casino Ludovisi, Rome. 27. Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, also known as Guercino, Ecce Homo and St. Petronilla, 1622-1623. Oil on canvas, 720 x 423 cm. Pinacoteca Capitolina, Rome. 38 Of unending industriousness, Caravaggio was the founder of Naturalism in Italian painting and was named after his place of birth. His real name was Michelangelo Merisi and he declared war not only on Mannerism and the Eclectic school but in fact on the whole world.

Palazzo Pitti, Florence. qxp 2. 1/14/2009 3:51 PM Page 51 Baroque in France A fter the Renaissance, the arts, in France, had led a relatively untroubled existence up to the death of Henry IV. They attempted to mirror the growing might of the Kingdom in a mostly festive increase in magnificence whose means consisted of following a similar path to the Italian art of the Baroque. This period of new development began under Louis XIII. The development then reached its apex in the long seventy-year reign of Louis XIV, whose autocratic manner also forced art and artists under its rule.

Only a few painters have managed to find a place in art history from the operations of the other Italian art schools during the seventeenth century. In Florence, only San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome. qxp 1/14/2009 3:48 PM Page 49 Christofano Allori stood out among the large number of followers and this only with one work, with Judith with the Head of Holofernes (c. 1613) (p. 48). Legend has it that he painted this picture while embittered by the betrayal of a disloyal lover, more or less with his heart’s blood.

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