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The artists of the Baroque had a remarkably different style than artists of the Renaissance due to their different approach to form space and composition This extreme differentiation in style resulted in a very different treatment of narrative Perhaps this drastic stylistic difference between the Renaissance and Baroque in their treatment of form space and composition and how these characteristics effect the narrative of a painting cannot be seen more than in comparing Peruginos Christ Delivering the Keys of the Kingdom to St Peter from the Early Renaissance to Caravaggios Conversion of St Paul from the BaroquePerugino was one of the greatest masters of the Early Renaissance whose style ischaracterized by the Renaissance ideals of purity simplicity and exceptional symmetry of composition His approach to form in Christ Delivering the Keys of the Kingdom to StPeter was very linear He outlined all the figures with a black line giving them a sense of stability permanence and power in their environment but restricting the figures sense of movement In fact the figures seem to not move at all but rather are merely locked at a specific moment in time by their rigid outline Peruginos approach to the figuresthemselves is extremely humanistic and classical He shines light on the figures in a clear even way keeping with the rational and uncluttered meaning of the work His figures are all locked in a contrapposto pose engaging in intellectual conversation with their neighbor giving a strong sense of classical rationality The figures are repeated over and over such as this to convey a rational response and to show the viewer clarity Peruginos approach to space was also very rational and simple He organizes space along three simple planes foreground middle ground and background Christ and Saint Peter occupy the center foreground and solemn choruses of saints and citizens occupy the rest of the foreground The middle distance is filled with miscellaneous figures which complement the front group emphasizing its
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