Module 2 - Case
Image of Bernini’s Ecstasy of St.Teresa: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3e/
Image of Caravaggio’s Crucifixion of St. Peter: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f7/Caravaggio_-_Martirio_di_San_Pietro.jpg/300px-Caravaggio_-_Martirio_di_San_Pietro.jpg
Protestant Reformation and the Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation had
major influences on the Western art world, out of which Baroque art
would emerge. Artists and artworks became an essential arm of the
church, needed to inspire faith and commitment within an institution
that found itself destabilized by this schism. Though Baroque artists
continued to use the vocabulary of ancient Greeks and Romans, as had
Renaissance artists, there were major shifts in how religious imagery
would be depicted. Compare two Baroque artworks, Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s
sculpture Ecstasy of St. Teresa with Caravaggio’s painting, Crucifixion of St. Peter,
in order to identify and discuss this shift in religious imagery.
Again, give a formal analysis of each painting in order to distinguish
the different approaches of these two artists, but this time pay close
attention to light, movement, and theatricality. Make a brief comparison
to Renaissance art in order to illustrate the shift in art periods. Use
the required course materials to help you discuss, briefly, (1) the
history of Baroque art and these two artists in particular, (2) the role
of the church, and (3) how Bernini and Caravaggio differently conveyed
faith and commitment to the church.
It is important to note that
this assignment is your second introduction to Art History and Art
Criticism, so it is imperative that you continue to exercise your
ability to visually analyze. The required course materials under “How To
Write About Art: Art Criticism and Formal Analysis” will continue to
aid you in developing these skills.
Here are five keys to writing a great case assignment! For each case paper in this course, please:
sure you fully address the case assignment prompt- don't just describe
the painting and don’t forget to ‘really look’ at the painting. Be sure
to respond to the expectations stated under "Learning Outcomes" in the
- Apply ideas from the background readings to your analysis and discussion of the case assignment prompt.
- Write, at minimum, three to four pages, not including images or references.
- Include a separate cover page that includes your name, the course name, the module, and assignment name.
- Set your format to 1" margins on all four sides, 12-point font, double-spaced.
a separate cover AND reference page at the end that includes every
website and article on which you base your information and analysis. In
the reference list, please note that a URL with no additional
information is not a complete reference. Over time, link root will make
any URL useless. Each reference should contain all the information a
reader would need to find the source.
- An explanation of the values—influences, themes, techniques, subjects—characteristic of the period or style under study.
- Some information about how the social, political, or religious history of the period influenced its art and artists.
- Biographical information about the artist whose work is assigned or (in SLP assignments) chosen for reflection.
Module 2 - SLP
a work of art from the Baroque era that catches your eye, other than
the one reviewed in the Case assignment. It can be one that reminds you
of an event from your own life or otherwise elicits some kind of
emotional reaction. It is not necessary to include an image of the
SLP Assignment Expectations
- Write a
two- to three-page essay discussing how the artwork of your choice
reflects the typical values and characteristics of Baroque art.
- Provide a brief background on the artist as well as a description of the work.
- Include observations of a few stylistic elements to produce a convincing argument.