Dolci and Stomer

Over the centuries, picturing religious events in the form of artwork was still very popular and important.However, the way or style in which the events were pictured changed.The cultural production of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries is often described as the "baroque" period.Among the most noted Italian Baroque painters were Caravaggio and Carracci, whose different styles were both in line with the period.Through copies of their paintings and styles being taught in art schools, their influence on later artists inside and outside of Italy has been enormous.Carlo Dolci and Mathias Stomer are each painters that were influenced by the style of Caravaggio and Carracci.Stomer's painting, The Judgment of Solomon (1640), shows an influence of Caravaggio, where Dolci's painting, Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist (1636) shows an influence of the style of Carracci.
Stomer's style of painting is closely related to that of Caravaggio (1573-1610).Caravaggio, an Italian baroque painter, naturalized both religion and the classics in his art where he reduced them to human dramas played out in the cruel and grimy settings of his time and place.He often used perspective and chiaroscuro to bring viewers as close to the action of the painting as possible to give viewers a feel as if they were actually participating.Caravaggio also used dark setting that enveloped their occupants called tenebrism or "shadow" manner.
Uponfirst glance of the painting, The Judgment of Solomon, the viewer's eyes are taken to a single point of illumination near a picture of a beautiful new born hanging upside down by a man ready to slaughter it.There is great attention given to shading and the illumination of light.Stomer shows great talent in painting muscular figures by the look of the man holding the sword and of the two infants.The clothes on each person are pictured as free …


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