The Renaissance And The Baroque Period

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Studying art throughout history shows how each time period built and reflected on the ones before it. While artists in some time periods create wildly different styles from the past, others reflect back on the styles and methods of the artists in times before them. The Renaissance is an excellent example of an era in which the art was a reflection of past methods, styles, and subject matter. We can see this through Michelangelo’s David. The Baroque period often had subjects similar to the Renaissance, such as the biblical piece Judith Decapitating Holofernes, but this period had a much different style. Artists of the Baroque period focused on theatric depictions with boldly colored pieces. Some Baroque artists did so through dramatic subject matter and others accomplished the signature style through only color and contrast. Young Woman with a Water Jug is an excellent example of the latter. Similar methods were used during the Romantic period, when artists created works with the goal of evoking strong emotions. This can be seen in The Third of May. Realism artists had the opposite purpose, to present only what their eyes truly saw, which can be seen in The Stone Breakers. Impressionist artists defied realism, but focused on color, texture, and light, like the cathedral depicted in Monet’s Rouen Cathedral. Michelangelo Buonarroti’s David, is a beautiful, finely detailed marble statue. Each detail, from the muscle structure and veins beneath the marble skin to the thinking
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