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Describe a specific aspect of a painting by Caravaggio that demonstrates a characteristic of the Baroque style Answer

Describe a specific aspect of a painting by Caravaggio that demonstrates a characteristic of the Baroque style.

Identify which of the three music selections by Gabrieli, Monteverdi, or Vivaldi you like the most (or least) and explain why.

Describe a Baroque painting you feel best illustrates the piece of music that you identified from the three music selections.

 

One key attribute of the Baroque style is that religious pieces were intended to inspire as well to instill a particular story. The Calling of Saint Matthew uses light to illustrate an interesting story. In this painting the beam of light is used to focus on Jesus calling Levi to become a disciple. This lighting technique also illustrates that the characters may be confused, reluctant and or uncertain. Another interesting thing is that the characters illustrated were not dressed in the style of the times of Jesus but of the times of the artist. This allowed the intended audience of its time to closer relate to the story being told.

By far I enjoyed the music by Vivaldi. I first have a strong appreciation for violin and stringed instruments. His pieces much reminded me of Yani’s earlier pieces as there were never any words, and the music always seemed very colorful, vibrant and joyful. Many may disagree but I am not a big opera fan at all, so I must say my least favorite of the three would be Monteverdi.

As mentioned above I feel as though the music of Vivaldi was very “happy”, vibrant and colorful. With that said I feel this to be portrayed in the paining Sirani’s Virgin and Child of 1663. Painted by Sirani and also was the daughter of another painter. She was known to depict miracles in the form of art as if they were every day events.

Sayre, H. M. (2011). The Humanities: Culture, Continuity and Change (Vol. 2). New York: Pearson Education. Retrieved October 7, 2013

 

One key attribute of the Baroque style is that religious pieces were intended to inspire as well to instill a particular story. The Calling of Saint Matthew uses light to illustrate an interesting story. In this painting the beam of light is used to focus on Jesus calling Levi to become a disciple. This lighting technique also illustrates that the characters may be confused, reluctant and or uncertain. Another interesting thing is that the characters illustrated were not dressed in the style of the times of Jesus but of the times of the artist. This allowed the intended audience of its time to closer relate to the story being told.

By far I enjoyed the music by Vivaldi. I first have a strong appreciation for violin and stringed instruments. His pieces much reminded me of Yani’s earlier pieces as there were never any words, and the music always seemed very colorful, vibrant and joyful. Many may disagree but I am not a big opera fan at all, so I must say my least favorite of the three would be Monteverdi.

As mentioned above I feel as though the music of Vivaldi was very “happy”, vibrant and colorful. With that said I feel this to be portrayed in the paining Sirani’s Virgin and Child of 1663. Painted by Sirani and also was the daughter of another painter. She was known to depict miracles in the form of art as if they were every day events.

Sayre, H. M. (2011). The Humanities: Culture, Continuity and Change (Vol. 2). New York: Pearson Education. Retrieved October 7, 2013

 

One key attribute of the Baroque style is that religious pieces were intended to inspire as well to instill a particular story. The Calling of Saint Matthew uses light to illustrate an interesting story. In this painting the beam of light is used to focus on Jesus calling Levi to become a disciple. This lighting technique also illustrates that the characters may be confused, reluctant and or uncertain. Another interesting thing is that the characters illustrated were not dressed in the style of the times of Jesus but of the times of the artist. This allowed the intended audience of its time to closer relate to the story being told.

By far I enjoyed the music by Vivaldi. I first have a strong appreciation for violin and stringed instruments. His pieces much reminded me of Yani’s earlier pieces as there were never any words, and the music always seemed very colorful, vibrant and joyful. Many may disagree but I am not a big opera fan at all, so I must say my least favorite of the three would be Monteverdi.

As mentioned above I feel as though the music of Vivaldi was very “happy”, vibrant and colorful. With that said I feel this to be portrayed in the paining Sirani’s Virgin and Child of 1663. Painted by Sirani and also was the daughter of another painter. She was known to depict miracles in the form of art as if they were every day events.

 

Sayre, H. M. (2011). The Humanities: Culture, Continuity and Change (Vol. 2). New York: Pearson Education. Retrieved October 7, 2013

 

Caravaggio’s style of painting is easily recognizable for its realism, unprecedented naturalism and he had this uncanny ability to depict religious scenes with an unprecedented approachability and human feelings and sentiment. Caravaggio showed a great mastery of technique such as unique way of treating light and colour. He was the the painter of earthly pleasures and also knew how to depict love e.g. his work of the young blonde girl crying in “The Entombment”. The young mother chosen as a model for the painting of Sant’Agostino is the perfect example of a beautiful woman whose sensuality embodies humanity. The main characteristics of Baroque painting include realistically-depicted human figures, a vivid use of color, and extensive use of foreshadowing techniques which can be seen in the work of Caravaggio.

Among all the three music selections by Gabrieli, Monteverdi, or Vivaldi, I like Monteverdi’s work the most. Monteverdi mastered a new, text-based musical form, the opera. Monteverdi had an unusual way of telling the story through a variety of musical genres—choruses, dances, and instrumental interludes. He could achieve what his operatic predecessors could only imagine i.e.a work that was both musically and dramatically satisfying, one that could explore the full range of sound and, with it, the full range of psychological complexity.

I can think of any Baroque painting that can illustrate Monteverdi’s work is Jacopo Guarana, Apollo Conducting a Choir of Maidens. 1776. Ospedaletto church was the performance space for the girls of the orphanage of Santa Maria dei Derelitti.

 

References: Patrizi, M.L. (2012). Best of : Michelangelo da Caravaggio. New York, NY, USA: Parkstone International.

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