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The Ecstasy Of Sculpture : A Comparison Of Art

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The Ecstasy of Sculpture: A Comparison of Sculpture in Italian Baroque Art

Focus Question: To what extent was the Italian Baroque art, specifically Bernini, a support for the Catholic-Counter Reformation compared to The Neoclassical era, not even a century later? A comparison of Bernini’s “The Throne of Saint Peter” and “Ecstasy of Saint Teresa”; and Antonio Canova’s “Amor and Psyche”.

Michael Thiessen
IBN: 000874-0212
Friday, March 20, 2015
Word Count: 2000
IB Art History─Period 5
Jamie Roberts-Jones

Table of Context:
Introduction………………………………………………………………………….3
Gian Lorenzo Bernini………………………………………………………………..3
Ecstasy of Saint Teresa……………………………………………………………....4
Saint Longinus……………………………………………………………………….6
Antonio Canova……………………………………………………………………...7
Amor and Psyche…………………………………………………………………….7

The centuries of the late 1500’s and the early 1600’s were a time of reformation. Many artists were commissioned for art for the Catholic Church to support of the Catholic Counter Reformation, like Gian Lorenzo Bernini. However, many artists went against the. Along with art in support for the Catholic Counter-Reformation, there were also artists that produced art that went against the academy and introduced new radical ideas to art, like Antonio Canova. Although some art historians may think otherwise Italian baroque art was a complete support for the Catholic Counter-Reformation. Comparatively, Neoclassicism is a direct opposition to The Catholic Counter-Reformation.
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