After the Renaissance and the amazing arts created in that period, new styles of art began to grow in popularity. Two of these styles were Mannerism and Baroque. These styles embraced the concept of creating art in a way peculiar and specific to the artist’s talents, and adding a sense of drama or emotion to a painting. I’ve selected four of the most famous artists from both periods, and I would like to help you learn about some of the characteristics of their painting styles.
Italian born, Jacopo Comin, who went by Tintoretto, was a very talented artist involved in the Mannerism movement. One of his unique styles was his use of perspective, which can be depicted in his portrayal of the Last Supper. The way he angles the table where Christ and His apostles sit is very different from Renaissance contemporary, Leonardo DaVinci, who made his painting of the Last Supper very symmetrical.
II. El Greco
The Greek, Mannerism artist and sculptor, Doménikos Theotokópoulos, more commonly known as, “El Greco”, which simply translates to “The Greek” definitely had a more unique style of painting. He elongated and stretched his human depictions, as a way to show spiritual suffering. This is depicted in his painting called “Christ On the Cross Adored by Two Donors”, you can see that Christ’s body is clearly stretched than a normal body would be, showing that he is in a state of spiritual anguish.
III. Peter Paul Rubens
Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish Dutch and an amazing artist during the Baroque movement. He painted over 1400 paintings. His unique painting ability was making his images like moments frozen in time and making it look like his figures were alive and moving. This painting style is depicted in his painting titled, Consequences of War.
Michelangelo Carravaggio, an Italian painter, was a famous and well-known painter of the Baroque movement. One of his talents that I personally admire, was making his paintings look more dramatic through the use of lighting. His rendering of the The Calling of Saint Matthew really showcased this style and talent.
Sometimes, we forget that history is more than just kings, wars and kingdoms. History shows us the progression and development of a lot of things, including art, music and cultures. These four examples of art and the changes it went through since the Renaissance are proof of that.