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Department
Art History
Course
ARTHIST 1AA3
Professor
Greg Davies
Semester
Summer

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Art History 1AA3 EXAM Part 1: Baroque Baroque was the style of art that flourished from the latter half of the 16th century to the beginning of the 18th century, and is most often believed to derive from the Italian word "barroco" meaning irregularly shaped pearl and representing art that is different, beautiful, strange and fascinating. The Baroque style and movement was a more moving and dramatic version of Renaissance ideals with balanced compositions, visual references to ancient Greece and Rome, diagonal movements in space, rich harmonious colours, expression of states of mind, feelings, and moods, and a concern with the inner life. Moreover, it had the ability to reflect intense emotional involvement, lifelike renditions, and references from the Classical period. "Susannah and the Elders" by Gentileschi in c. 1610 is an example of a painting from the Baroque period that depicts almost all qualities of the 17th century style. Gentileschi, who's style is very much influenced by the works of Caravaggio, painted the biblical story of Susanna (visual reference to ancient Rome), a virtuous young wife sexually harassed by the elders of her community. With this painting, she was one of the first to create a lifelike rendition of a nude female using anatomical accuracy and advanced colour and construction. The use of rich and harmonious colours is evident with the crimson and brown and the spatial movements are made apparent with the hands of the two men, as well as Susannah's hands and body as she attempts to deny their demands. The hands of the men seemed to be positioned in a way that seems a fair substitute for their obscured faces, and Susannah’s expression and body language are incredibly realistic portraying her emotional feelings and mood as vulnerable, frightened, and repulsed by their demands. This painting, with the amount of detail and expression, had the ability to allow the audience to see a bit inside Gentileshi's life. a Susannah and the Elders by Gentileschi in c. 1610 is an example of a painting from the Baroque period that depicts almost all of the qualities of the 17th century style. Gentilesci, who's style was much influenced by Caravaggio, painted the biblical story of Susannah (visual reference to ancient Rome), a virtuous young wife sexually harassed by the elders of her community. With this painting, she was one of the first to create a lifelike rendition of a nude female using anatomical accuracy and advanced colour and construction. The use of rich and harmonious colours is evident in the crimson and brown and the spatial movements are made apparent with the hands of the two men, as well as Susannah's hands and body as she attempts to deny their comma
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