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Art Review

In El Greco 's Penitent Magdalen the element that makes the oil on canvas Renaissance in nature is that of the attention to detail . El Greco 's was contrary in his painting , which was a personal part of his artistry and not defined by the Baroque art period . His bodies in his paintings though in action or even in repose were depicted although with muscles tone , the muscles seemed flaccid , as is the case in the above mentioned painting

The movement of Mary Magdalen is Renaissance , and opposed to the Baroque period

in its depiction because it is the opposite of what previous artistic movements has focused upon . There is the revelation of power in the gathering disciples and in the color palate being manipulated in the painting the subtle tones and the attention to chiaroscuro is what gives the painting a very Renaissance feel (similar to Caravaggio . The viewer 's attention again is draw towards the body albeit muscular , it is not showing signs of body fat , it is are perfected in its grief , and in the area of opposites , this is what El Greco wanted to capture the perfect body juxtaposed with very human emotions the god body paired with humanity as is expertly crafted in Penitent Magdalen . Juxtaposed with this piece is Titian 's , Rape of Lucretia by Tarquin .represents the high Renaissance in its fluid movement with the body 's movements emphasized with the background Here , the bodies are not flaccid in quality as in El Greco 's work , but very vibrant in their actions , and strong . The angles of the body direct the viewer 's attention to the action while the akimbo arms of Lucretia allow the viewer to go from that pivotal point on canvas to the faces of the two people with one very intent and the other horrified which is very different from El Greco 's torpid Magdalen face . The comparison between these two works of art resemble the expression of emotion which has not been done so fully , nor so intently in these two time periods of the Renaissance (including Mannerism ) and the high Renaissance (with Titian

With the Renaissance attention to body angles and emotion , the Baroque period offers a bit more attention to space and color as is seen with Caravaggio 's chiaroscuro effects in Saint John the Baptist . The emphasis on this painting by Caravaggio is about the contrast of light and dark . The viewer is exposed to a very young John the Baptist who resembles the cherubs used in Renaissance art . The form of the body is full of baby fat and the skin , while having the tonal qualities of Baroque pieces still harbors the darker contours of perhaps the future of the young man (John 's beheading . The shapes used are reminiscent of the Renaissance in the body 's muscular tone , yet relaxed stature and the use of space of the classical Greek contrapposto , in the line curving from the lifted arm , the supporting arm , the...

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