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The Golden Age of Russian Impressionism





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circa (1550-1730)


The Baroque movement in European painting is distinguished by violent movement, intense emotion, dramatic lighting, and saturated coloring. The popularity and success of the Baroque style was advocate by the Roman Catholic Church, which had determined that the arts should illustrate religious themes in direct and emotional connection to speak to the illiterate rather than to the well-informed. It turned from the intellectual qualities of 16th century Mannerist art to an instinctive appeal aimed at the senses. It employed an iconography that was direct, simple, apparent, and the dramatic that drew on certain broad and heroic tendencies. The aristocracy also saw the dramatic style of Baroque architecture and art as a means of galvanizing visitors and expressing victorious power and control. In paintings, Baroque gestures are broader than Mannerist gestures: less indefinite, less esoteric and mysterious, with poses that depended on ‘contrapposto’ ("counterpoise"), the tension of the figures that moves the planes of shoulders and hips in counter-directions. It made the figures almost seem like they were about to move. The moderate and less dramatic, later stages of 18th century Baroque style are often seen as a separate Late Baroque manifestation.


see also. Annibale Carracci, Caravaggio, and Rubens





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