Blog #2 Baroque

This piece of art, created by Georges de La Tour, was appealing to me because of the lighting and the intensity of the action portrayed. La Tour was a French Baroque painter who mainly painted religious chiaroscuro scenes lit by candlelight. La Tour was best known for perfecting these nocturnal night effects before other artists of this time. La Tour’s style can be seen in almost all of his paintings and this style is characterized by the chiaroscuro, careful geometric compositions, and very simplified painting forms.  In this painting I see influence from The Council of Trent/Counter Reformation. This is a painting of “Christ in the Carpenter’s Shop” giving it first off a religious aspect. Additionally, the Council of Trent believed that depictions of religious stories through art should be clear, realistic, and show emotion. I think that this painting is both realistic and shows emotion through the great contrast in the colors. The expressions on both of the individuals faces are very clear and emphasized with the style.

Title (English): Christ in the Carpenter’s Shop

Artist: Georges de La Tour

Date: 1645

Created in: France




6 thoughts on “Blog #2 Baroque

  1. I think you did a good job explaining why you liked this piece of art. I like the chiaroscuro technique he uses. You did a good connection about this
    painting with the Council of Trent. I agree with you that that this piece of art from Georges de la Tour shows that is realistic and clear.
    You have also the citations. Overall, I think you did a good job.

  2. I agree, the lighting makes this painting pretty intense and engrossing. Good job on citations! I need to go back and re-do mine it seems! Way to be a good example 🙂

  3. I adore this piece as well. I loved going through all of these paintings. The chiaroscuro effect (technique) is a favorite of mine and this piece of art just shows how fantastic it really is and beautiful too. Great job connecting this piece to The Council of Trent an siting your sources 🙂

  4. I felt that your blog was fantastic!
    Even though it was short, you were able to deliver a lot of good information.
    I like that it got straight to the point, you stated all the facts and more!
    Your connection to the Council of Trent was clear and precise,
    and you wrapped it up with some great sources.
    I feel that this should earn you a solid grade and that you completed the assignment strong.
    Before reading your blog i would have never know the story behind this picture and what its presenting.
    now i understand it and it makes sense.
    I wonder what exactly he was making???

  5. Great job! You nailed all the criteria for the assignment, and you really did well explaining everything and presenting good information. I would have liked to hear more about your own thoughts and reaction to the work, but still very good. Nice!

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