The great Italian Baroque artist, Caravaggio, did not follow all of the rules of

The great Italian Baroque artist, Caravaggio, did not follow all of the rules of

The great Italian Baroque artist, Caravaggio, did not follow all of the rules of proper Italian Baroque art. He chose to depict holy events with people as being rather ordinary, in ordinary settings. Believing that ordinary people could be called to holy service, he shunned using the obvious religious figures and bombastic theater in his works. He gives the viewer a dramatic quietude. The great Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens also worked in the same time period, but in a different country. His works are more like Italian Baroque art and its sense of grand theater. Conduct internet research, and carefully examine and discuss the following images from Caravaggio and Rubens:
What is a critique?
A critique is an oral or written discussion strategy used to analyze, describe, and interpret works of art. Critiques help students hone their persuasive oral and writing, information-gathering, and justification skills.
Below is a sample set of focus questions for an art critique related to four major areas of art criticism: descriiption, analysis, interpretation, judgment. (The number of questions and aspects of specificity will vary according to the art form and number of works in the critique).
Descriiption
Describe the work without using value words such as “beautiful” or “ugly”:
What is the written descriiption on the label or in the program about the work?
What is the title and who is (are) the artist(s)?
When and where was the work created?
Describe the elements of the work (i.e., line, movement, light, space).
Describe the technical qualities of the work (i.e. what is it made of?, media).
Describe the subject matter. What is it all about? Are there recognizable images?
Analysis
Describe how the work is organized as a complete composition:
How is the work constructed or planned (i.e., line, color shape, depth and texture)?
Identify some of the similarities throughout the work (i.e., repetition of lines, shapes, etc.).
Identify some of the points of emphasis in the work (i.e., figure, movement, architectural devices, amorphic shapes).
If the work has figures, what are the relationships between or among them?
Interpretation
Describe how the work makes you think or feel:
Describe the expressive qualities you find in the work. What expressive language would you use to describe the qualities (i.e., raw, rough, refined, colorful, sad, funny)?
Does the work remind you of other things you have experienced (i.e., analogy or metaphor)?
How does the work relate to other ideas or events in the world and/or in your other studies?

Judgment or Evaluation
Present your opinion of the work’s success or failure:
What qualities of the work make you feel it is a success or failure?
Compare it with similar works that you think are good or bad.
What criteria can you list to help others judge this work?
How original is the work? Why do you feel this work is original or not original?

Research, read your course materials, and locate an appropriate website for additional information to support your discussion. List the sources of your information at the end of your post, providing links to websites.
You are researching, looking, reading, analyzing, and synthesizing information. Consult websites for additional information. Keep your voice in your writing, always write in your own words. Be sure to do an internet search and include one or more reliable source of information for this topic. Caravaggio, The Entombment of Christ
Peter Paul Rubens, The Raising of the Cross
In your post, answer the following questions:
What are the similarities and differences between the two paintings? Consider subject matter, light, backgrounds, and figures.
Where do these paintings reside/where are they located?
How do they (or did they) function?
What meaning does each one express?
What techniques did the artists use, and how did they fit into their respective cultures?
What is your personal reaction/response to these figures, and how (if at all) do they apply to your life and past experiences?

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