Bernini 's Sculpture, The Ecstasy Of St. Teresa And Caravaggio 's Painting

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The Baroque period saw many influential artists and sculptors, however, for the purpose of this assignment I am going to reflect on the works of Bernini and Caravaggio. Bernini’s sculpture, The Ecstasy of St. Teresa and Caravaggio’s painting, the Crucifixion of St. Peter will be what I am going to discuss. Both artists rose to prominence during the Baroque era by employing the artistic techniques unique to the era and playing into the vast influence the Catholic Church held over creativity of this period.
Baroque style can be recognized through its use of vibrant colors, exaggerated movement and with a distortion of traditional shapes. With a countenance that emphasizes theatricality over conservatism, The Baroque style is a direct result of the Catholic reformation that originated in Italy. The Roman Catholic Church suffered the loss of many believers to the new Protestant movement that was jettisoned into motion by Martin Luther’s Theses’. In response to this the Roman Catholics launched the Counter-Reformation spearheaded by the Baroque style. The Baroque style began as a Catholic Revolution and eventually became a movement that carried the same influential power that ignited it.
The Baroque period served a duel purpose as both a method of spreading Catholicism and a protest of sorts in response to the idealism and formality of the Renaissance. The Catholic Church was the absolute authority over what was considered acceptable art. Consequently, to be profitable, the best…

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