Art I: Baroque Art I: Characteristics of Art and Architecture Practice

What Baroque painting technique can you identify in the piece above?
—C. tenebrism

How is Baroque sculpture different from classical sculpture?
—Answers may vary. Baroque art is often described as exuberant, extravagant, and dramatic when compared to the more intellectual and restrained works of the previous periods. In baroque art, the viewer is invited to be a participant in the work – much like someone who is watching a film or a play is invited to participate in the story.

What is the name of the above sculpture by Bernini?
—Ecstasy of St. Theresa

Why is the story of the Château de Versailles considered a “rags-to-riches” story?
—Answers may vary. The area was once a neglected field but was transformed into a spectacular construction with great detail.

How does the sculpture above convey emotion?
—Answers may vary. The curvature of his body, the dramatic emotion on his face.

How are these sculptures of the same subject portrayed differently?
—Answers will vary. Bernini’s David invokes many emotions and the sculpture itself is extremely emotional and dramatic. Michelangelo’s David while slightly emotional displays more intellectual aspects than emotional aspects.  —Bernini’s version seems to force its way into the viewer’s space while Michelangelo’s stands peacefully allowing the viewer to create distance if the viewer wants.

What type of composition would you use to create a Baroque style painting?
—A. diagonal

What is impasto?
—Answers may vary. Using thickly applied paints.

What is a genre painting?
—Answers may vary. A genre painting is a painting of a scene that can be found in everyday life. It is not a religious scene or portrait of royalty.

What was the theme of Château de Versailles, pictured above?
—B. absolute power and overwhelming strength