Compare And Contrast Carvaggio And Bernini

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While Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Bernini were all artists during the Renaissance and Baroque time periods, they are different from each other. Both Caravaggio and Bernini studied Michelangelo and incorporated pieces of his style into their own.
Michelangelo created a 17 foot statue, David (1504) that Bernini studied to make his own depiction of the scene. The most noticeable difference between the two is that Michelangelo’s sculpture is nude while Bernini’s is clothed to an extent. Bernini utilizes the contapposto technique in his story of David, a technique taken straight from Michelangelo. Bernini plays with the immediacy of the scene, something that he does frequently, by depicting the moment right before the climax hits, when David kills Goliath. The movement in the sculpture, the moment before the release of the rock from the sling engages with Michelangelo’s sculpture of David. Michelangelo decided to show David before he
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He took the body of Michelangelo’s Pieta (1500) and used it to create the body of Saint Teresa. However, Saint Teresa is clothed in flowing garments that depict her inner turmoil whereas Jesus is only wearing a cloth. The limp body of Saint Teresa demonstrates that she is giving her life over to God as the angel prepares to pierce her heart with the arrow. It represents that she is passing from one life into the next, a life full of God and the Holy Spirit, much as Jesus is passing from life on Earth into Heaven. Bernini also uses light to illuminate the body of Saint Teresa just as Michelangelo has done with Jesus. They both use light from the surrounding scene, but the difference is that Jesus is reflecting the light from around him due to the polishing and smoothness of the marble while in Bernini’s sculpture, the light comes from a window above to illuminate her face rather than her body that is clothed and creates shadows and
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