Baroque Still Life Painting
Game Birds, Table Setting, Five Senses, Vanitas
and 18th Centuries, Started in Italy and went around Europe Baroque Still Life was hugely popular in the Netherlands and Flemish society. Still Life had symbolic meanings that people at the time understood, usually moral lessons. lessons.
Characteristics of Baroque PtgChiaroscuro
from Life Extreme detail Dramatic arrangement and lighting Rich colorsPainting
Famous Early Baroque Paintings
Caravaggio, The Conversion of Saul
Artemisia Gentellischi, The Beheading of Holofernas
Dead animals from a hunt were a popular subject. They are a great way to show off technique Look at:
Texture (feathers, tassels, velvet, etc) Strong composition. composition.Realism Details (find the fly) Lighting effects (chiaroscuro)
what we usually think of with Still Life. Originally symbolic for the good, sweet things in life, abundance, or even sexuality or sin.
at the way the light affects how we see the different forms, How does light affect the textures, reflections? How does light and shadow affect the mood? mood?
NOTICE THE COMPOSITION Composition
refers to the arrangement of elements and objects around the picture plane. Your eye travels from plane. one point to another around the picture in a clockwise path. Good composition keeps your eye moving on an harmonious path. path. The triangle is a traditionally strong composition.
YOU FIND THE TRIANGLE COMPOSITION?
FIND THE BUG! INSECTS
were often added to a table
setting. They symbolized the decadence of the good life , and warned one of the temptations of too much sweetness (can lead to evil .)
FIVE SENSES Symbolism
became more profound Objects symbolizing the five senses of humans were arranged on a table:Sight Sound Smell Touch
TasteObjects were chosen to symbolize pleasure
This type of still life was meant to remind the viewer of the fleeting quality of life. Life is wonderful, but goes so FAST! What do you think each object symbolizes?
is about the swift approach of DEATH!
DON T FORGET ABOUT THE COMPOSITION!
Ways to control eye movement Folds
of cloth Positioning of objects, bodies Repetition of colors Emphasis from either highlights or shadows. Height of objects Details, textures, or negative space Eyes
What would a modern Vanitas still life contain?Plan and assemble a Vanitas Still Life of modern design. What objects would you use?