The Baroque with Sister Wendy
Session 3 of 5
During the Renaissance and Baroque periods the subjects in paintings were often religious or mythological. Not surprisingly, Sister Wendy chose to elaborate largely on Biblical topics. First we visit 17th century Rome and Caravaggio (1571 – 1610) whose ordinary looking religious figures came from ordinary people as models. Annibale Carracci (1560 – 1609) adorned the walls of the Farrnese Gallery. Sister Wendy names Guido Reni (1591 – 1642) as the greatest Italian artist of the next era, and Artemesia Gentileschi as the first great woman artist.
In Spain she singles out Diego Velasquez (1599 – 1660) and El Greco ((1541 – 1614). In Holland she does the same for Rembrandt (1606 – 1669), Frans Hals (1581 -1666), and Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675). Finally, she returns to mid-century Rome, where two French artists, Nicolas Poussin (1594 – 1665) and Claude Gelee (1600 – 1682) had great success.
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