Renaissance vs Baroque Essay

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ART 101
Module 1- CASE

The ideology and culture of the Renaissance and Baroque Eras are reflected in artwork from the eras. Renaissance art seems to the moment before an event took place and the Baroque art is characterized by great drama, rich deep color, and intense light and dark shadows. Baroque artists chose the most dramatic point, the moment when the action was occurring. For example Michelangelo designed his David composed and still before he fights against Goliath. In Bernini's David in the Baroque era is caught in the motion of hurling the stone at Goliath. “Baroque art was meant to evoke emotion and passion instead of the calm rationality that had been prized during the Renaissance.”
During the Renaissance
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Artists of the Baroque period, including Bernini, strove for anatomically correct figures. As a result, Bernini's David's limbs are anatomically correct to the body than Michelangelo's David's are. True to baroque style, Bernini's David tells more of a story than Michelangelo’s David does. The Baroque version of David shows his armor at his feet, which he has shed, and his harp. It seems as though the statue interacts with his surroundings, contrasting the figure by Michelangelo. Bernini's David was created during the Baroque Period, a time of great liveliness when artists were fascinated by capturing the movement and actions of the human body. This sculpture implies movement and captures David as he is actually throwing the stone at Goliath. Bernini’s David’s muscles are portrayed to be tense and contracted, his face has a grimace as he seems to be focused on his target he also appears to be somewhat contorted by the physical effort of his movements. He is not nude; he is dressed in loosely flowing robes that add to the idea of movement. The Bernini sculpture is meant to be viewed by all angles. From the front, David is frozen in concentration, just seconds before he throws his stone. The statue depicts different actions depending on which side you are looking at it from. “The right side of the statue implies much action, as the youth rears back to sling his weapon and almost steps off the statue's platform. The diagonal view shows