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Art  History  II  
 
 
                 Writing  Assignment  4    
DUE:  Wednesday,  April  28th  (end  of  day)  
Movie  Assignment:  Simon  Schama’s  Power  of  Art  
Bernini  and  Caravaggio  
For  this  Writing  Assignment,  you  will  be  watching  two  
episodes  from  the  Power  of  Art  series  made  by  British  
historian,  Simon  Schama.    Both  episodes  can  be  found  in  
the  Week  14  folder.  One  episode  is  on  Italian  Baroque  
sculptor  and  architect  Gianlorenzo  Bernini,  the  other  
features  Italian  Baroque  painter  Michelangelo  Merisi  da  
Caravaggio.  As  you  will  witness,  they  are  both  radical  
geniuses,  but  as  men  are  complete  opposites.    
You  will  pick  one  artist  as  the  subject  of  Writing  
Assignment  4,  the  other  episode  will  be  the  topic  of  
your  Week  14  Discussion  Board  post.  You  will  have  
three  extra  days  for  the  Week  14  DB,  making  the  
Writing  Assignment  and  the  Discussion  Board  due  on  
the  same  day:  Wednesday,  April  28th  by  end  of  day.  
Points  to  include  in  your  Writing  Assignment:  
1.  State  which  artist  you  chose.  
2.  What  specific  features  of  the  artist’s  work  are  
characteristic  of  Baroque  art?  (First,  be  clear  for  
yourself  what  qualities  define  the  Baroque  style.)  
3.  During  the  Counter-­‐Reformation,  the  Council  of  Trent  
decided  that  artworks  would  play  a  key  role  in  
“persuading”  people  back  to  the  Catholic  Church;  in  fact,  
Baroque  art  is  often  called  “The  Art  of  Persuasion.”    
How  (in  visual  terms)  does  the  work  of  either  Bernini  
or  Caravaggio  fit  the  ideal  for  art  as  dictated  by  the  
Council  of  Trent?    
To  answer  the  question,  use  a  specific  work  and  
describe  what  the  Council  would  have  found  
successful  about  it.  
4.  CARAVAGGIO  ONLY  
An  incredibly  impressive  aspect  of  Caravaggio’s  work  
was  his  preference  for,  and  an  amazing  ability  to,  work  
with  little  or  no  preparatory  drawings.    He  just  
painted  directly  onto  the  canvas  while  very  closely  
observing  his  models  and  props.    
Where  did  he  find  his  models?  What  was  perceived  by  
some  more  traditional  patrons  as  being  “too  real,”  or  
“lacking  decorum”  in  Caravaggio’s  work?    
Use  a  specific  painting  and  describe  what  some  people  
found  to  be  controversial  about  it.  
4.  BERNINI  ONLY    
What  was  the  low  point  of  Bernini’s  professional  
career?  What  incredibly  important  building  was  
associated  with  this  fall  from  grace?    
What  two  other  very  successful  projects  had  he  
executed  for  this  very  same  building?    
 
5.  CARAVAGGIO  ONLY  
What  kind  of  light  does  Caravaggio  use  in  his  work  
that  came  to  be  known  as  tenebrism?  This  was  the  most  
influential  aspect  of  Caravaggio’s  work  on  all  Baroque  
painters  after  him.  
How  does  this  use  of  light  enhance  and  connect  to  the  
criteria  for  painting  as  set  by  the  Council  of  Trent?    
 
5.  BERNINI  ONLY    
Using  a  specific  sculpture  as  an  example,  describe  
Bernini’s  uncanny  ability  to  capture  several  different  
and  contrasting  textures  in  the  same  block  of  marble.  
 
6.    You  may  organize  your  paper  as  you  wish,  just  be  
sure  to  include  all  of  the  points  above,  and  the  
minimum  of  two  specific  artworks  to  illustrate  your  
answers.  You  may  include  more  examples  and  any  
additional  biographical  or  historical  detail  you  wish.  If  
you  use  any  outside  sources,  as  always,  please  cite  
them,  and  please  write  at  LEAST  one  but  no  more  than  
three,  double-­spaced  pages.  
 
 

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