Category Archives: Baroque

“Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe”

“Adoration of the Kings.” Girolamo da Santacroce, circa 1525–30 , oil on panel, 67.7 x 81.2 cm. Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902.
The Walters Art Museum


If you’re near Baltimore, this is an important exhibit to see at the Waalters Art Museum, and here is a review by Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, October 25, 2012.

“Head of an African Man Wearing a Turban,” Peter Paul Rubens, circa 1609, oil on paper, laid down on panel, 54 x 39 cm,
Private collection, courtesy of Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd., London

Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

There’s a great video here about a current exhibit on prints.

Do you know how images such as the one at left were used?  Watch the video and find out.

From the site:  “Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe examines how celebrated Northern Renaissance artists contributed to scientific inquiries of the 16th century.

Rare and treasured prints, drawings, books, maps, and scientific instruments demonstrate that artists were not just illustrators in the service of scientists but that their work played an active role in facilitating the understanding of new concepts in astronomy, geography, natural history, and anatomy.

Featuring work by Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein, Hendrick Goltzius, Jacques de Gheyn and others, the exhibition was organized by the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Block Museum.”

Here’s a link to a short video on anatomical flap prints.

For more videos on the exhibit, go to this link.

Rigoberto Gonzalez

Rigoberto Gonzalez is a contemporary Mexican artist who relies on some of the same techniques as Caravaggio, such as a striking realism and tenebrism.

The Kidnapping, 7' x 8'

His focus on violence (the violence of the Mexican drug trade) is also similar to Caravaggio’s focus on violence (the violence of martyrdom).  We can become quite uncomfortable in front of Gonzalez’s work…they are big paintings, the figures are lifesize, and we don’t want to see what’s happening (or has happened).  They allow us to understand the shock of Caravaggio’s work for his contemporary audience.  They didn’t always want to see life and death as he presented it.  When you visit Gonzalez’s site, view the short video “Baroque on the Border,” where the artist talks about his work.

17th-c. Dutch cityscapes

Read Blake Gopnik’s review of the current exhibit at the NGA of 17th-c. Dutch paintings.  It’s especially important here to note Gopnik’s point about HOW we are to view these paintings.  Be sure to view the Gallery!

D. Vosmaer, Delft from an Imaginary Loggia, 1663

D. Vosmaer, Delft from an Imaginary Loggia, 1663