Baroque art starts at 17th century in Italy. It’s totally deviant from Renaissance. Baroque art is about movement, intensity and drama. To express these feelings, it often has an asymmetrical composition, a high contrast between light and dark, and a complex spaceship. The content of Baroque art is usually about religion, politics, sex, and violence.
The Fortune Teller
Oil on canvas, 99 x 131 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
- COMPOSITION -There’re 2 characters in the painting, but they are not symmetrically distributed. Compared to the complexity of the characters, the background is almost blank.
- SHAPE/FORM -They’re pretty well painted human figures. Clearly the painter is proficient in anatomy and perspective. And the painter even got the exact expression of the sophisticated fortune teller and the innocent noble teenager.
- COLOR -Colors are saturated. From the blush of the faces and the splendid costume we can tell that the painter is fervent about color.
- TEXTURE/PATTERN -There’re lots of different textures. Young noble man has a delicate, moist skin. He wears a velvet jacket with patterns, which is ambiguous in telling the light direction. The cold metal sword is totally black except the very highlight. The fortune teller’s costume is much more inexpensive than the noble’s. Her shirts is folded with lots of lines(wrinkles), which we can tell that the shirt is worn for a long time.
- VALUE -It’s completely full of contrast. The circumstance happens in a dark place, then a beam of light projects on the figures. The boy’s face can be clearly saw in the light, while the fortune teller’s face fades in the dark. And that makes the fortune teller even more mysterious and deceptive. The light in the background also shapes the contour of the figures.
- LINE -There’s a clear line behind the characters- the light. It guides our view from the fortune teller towards the young man.
Baroque style Alice in Wonderland