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Baroque Ceiling Frescoes

Baroque Ceiling Frescoes

Author: Aleisha Olson
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This lesson will explore several examples of ceiling fresco painting from the Baroque period.

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Notes on "Ceiling Frescoes"

Terms to Know

Illusionistic

The use of perspective in painting to create the impression of a three dimensional space on a two dimensional surface; or a philosophy that promotes the material world as an illusion.

Trompe l'oeil

An artistic technique that creates an optical illusion, usually of a three dimensional space on a flat surface.

"As Seen from Below"

A specific approach used in painting Italian ceiling frescoes that depicts an illusionistic scene taking place above the viewer.

Counter-Reformation

Also called the Catholic Revival or Reformation, it was a response to the Protestant Reformation, and lasted from the Council of Trent to the end of the Thirty Years' War.

 

Citations:

Image of Annibale Carracci, Loves of the Gods, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Galleria_Farnese_-_Annibale_Carracci_-_Palazzo_Farnese,_Rome.jpg; Image of Annibale Carracci, Loves of the Gods, Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Triumph_of_Bacchus_and_Ariadne_-_Annibale_Carracci_-_1597_-_Farnese_Gallery,_Rome.jpg; Image of Annibale Carracci, Loves of the Gods, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Farnese_Gallery_-_Annibale_Carracci_-_1597_-_Farnese_Gallery,_Rome.jpg; Image of Guido Reni, Aurora, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Guido_Reni_-_Aurora_-_WGA19273.jpg; Image of Pietro da Cortona, Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cortona_Triumph_of_Divine_Providence_01.jpg; Image of Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Triumph of the Name of Jesus, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rome-EgliseGesu-Fresque.jpg; Image of Andrea Pozzo, Glorification of Saint Ignatius, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Andrea_Pozzo_-_Apoteose_de_Santo_Inacio.jpg

 

TERMS TO KNOW
  • Counter-Reformation

    Also called the Catholic Revival or Reformation, it was a response to the Protestant Reformation, and lasted from the Council of Trent to the end of the Thirty Years' War.

  • Illusionistic

    The use of perspective in painting to create the impression of three dimensional space on a two dimensional surface; or a philosophy that promotes the material world as an illusion.

  • Trompe l'oeil

    An artistic technique that creates an optical illusion, usually of a three dimensional space on a flat surface.

  • "As Seen From Below"

    A specific approach used in painting Italian ceiling frescoes that depicts an illusionistic scene taking place above the viewer.