discussion rembrandt vs caravaggio

Assignment

In this Discussion, your assignment is a 500-750 word analysis in which you will compare the work of Caravaggio and Rembrandt, then explain which of these two artists you find to be more powerful or moving. You will justify your opinions based on key ideas and concepts from the reading and videos, as well as your own ideas and insights.

Must include:

  1. Post an image of a painting by the artist you selected and explain how it is a good example of the artist’s overall style and approach to painting.
  2. What about it do you like most? The formal characteristics? The narrative? The content? Explain your choice.
  3. What personal and/or societal forces drove the artist you selected to approach their work in such a unique and powerful way? Briefly describe and explain them.
  4. Why do you prefer the artist you selected over the other artist? Explain your reasoning.

Overview

Rembrandt and Caravaggio are considered to be two of the greatest and most influential artists in the history of Western art. Both created their work during the Baroque period, but each artist was from a different geographical region and each was driven to create by different societal forces and for different personal reasons. Consider these issues as you write your Discussion post.

Videos

Watch each of the excellent videos, at the bottom of this page, to gain a solid understanding about the life and work of Baroque artists Rembrandt and Caravaggio. Watch enough of the videos so that you understand the societal forces and personal reasons that drove each of these artists to create. Steps to help answer discussion, as you watch:

  • Take notes that include key ideas and concepts, as well as your own ideas and insights.
  • Identify and list a few works by each artist that you find to be the most powerful and/or moving.
  • Based on what you have learned, select your favorite artist.

Rembrandt

As you watch the video, pay close attention to both the form and context of Rembrandt’s life and work. Take note of the formal stylistic characteristics as well as the personal and/or societal forces that drove Rembrandt to approach his work in such a unique and powerful way.

Caravaggio

As you watch the video, pay close attention to both the form and context of Caravaggio’s life and work. Take note of the formal stylistic characteristics as well as the personal and/or societal forces that drove Caravaggio to approach his work in such a unique and powerful way.


 

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