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Renaissance Europe Baroquen Traditions With its contorted shapes sharp contrast and brilliant colors the Baroque style invaded Europe and dominated the better part of the 17th and 18th century Baroque style can be detected through its boisterous color exaggerated movement and distortion of traditional shapes With a countenance that emphasizes theatricality over conservatism the Baroque style is a direct result of the Catholic Reformation that originated in Italy The Roman Catholic Church suffered the loss of many believers to the new Protestant movement that was jettisoned into motion by Martin Luthers thesises The Roman Catholics however did not stand by idly and watch their members slip away They took a proactive step and launched a Counter-Reformation spearheaded by the Baroque style Highly evangelical the Baroque style attempted to excite the passions of all who experienced it Originally product of the Catholic Revolution the Baroque style eventually became a movement unto itself with the same influential power as the occurrence that started it Baroque style as well as a vehicle of Catholic evangelism acted as a protest to the formality and idealism of the High Renaissance much like its mannerist precursor Baroques affect on art is clearly apparent through the major works of the time To materialize the Counter-Reformations outreach to its former members artists utilized bright inviting colors combined with loud contrast and the unique use of space to invoke passion and reverence in viewers Such a display of contrasting light and dark is painfully obvious in the masterwork of Caravaggio Caravaggios paintings seem as if there is a spotlight on the central focus of the work This acts to intensify the emotions and engage the viewers senses Such a display of this theatricality can be found in The Crucifixion of Saint Peter Saint Peter is posed on the crucifix in a brand-new intense diagonal position Also it seems as if a spotlight is shining on the group betraying the distress and suffering of Saint
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