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By Germain Bazin

The 17th and eighteenth centuries have been years whilst the humanities of Western civilization reached their so much different and richest expression, whilst all the ecu peoples invented the inventive varieties top suited for its personal genius. during this long-awaited quantity on Baroque and Rococo paintings, Germain Bazin, leader Curator of the Louvre Museum in Paris, strains the a number of achievements of these exuberant and paradoxical times—the wealth of masterpieces in sculpture, portray, structure, and ornamental arts that mirrored the expansive diverseness of the Baroque and Rococo artistic impulse.

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1 the painter 580-1620), and Giovanni Serodine (1600-163 1) - while who, specializing in religious pictures, came nearest to Caravaggio's monumental grandeur was the Neapolitan Giovanni Caracciolo (c. 1570-163 7), known as During the seventeenth century II a Battistello (///. great stream 23). of sacred and profane forms, allegories and narrative paintings flowed over the walls, vaults, and in other Italian largest share 21 is cities. Of of the palaces and churches in Rome and the decorative painters the one with the of genius was Pietro da Cortona (1596-1669).

Caravaggio's style was legion of artists at once imitated, in who came from Rome itself, by a whole various parts of Italy (excepting Bologna) and even from Northern Europe. These acquired the name of i tenebrosi. The output of Caravaggio, though produced within about twenty years), so small opened out (it was all possibilities that were very divergent, indeed contradictory. Bartolommeo Manfredi (c. 1580-1620) took up certain subjects treated by the master and created genre painting, depicting scenes in taverns with life-size The two artists who, in due course, produced the best examples of this manner were Moise Valentin, the Frenchman who came to Rome and lived there till his death, and Terbrugghen, a figures.

Brush, scarcely touching the canvas, drew from its His handling of the 59 44 Old Woman Cooking Eggs, by Velazquez, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh. know from contemporary statements that Velazquez, in his early works, derived inspiration from the few pictures by Caravaggio he was able to see in Spain this led him to combine popular realism with chiaroscuro. We : which colours evocative statements over it did not linger - one scarcely sure that they are there. In his portraits of Court dignitaries, princes (///.

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