El Greco and the Baroque Style Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

El Greco and the Baroque Style
An analysis of the presence of the Baroque style in El Greco's works.
# 33167 | 1,150 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 29, 2003 in Art (Artists) , Art (History) , Art (Painting)

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The paper examines a relatively early painting of El Greco, titled "Cardinal Don Fernando Nino de Guevera, archbishop of Toledo and grand inquisitor of Spain" and highlights some of the hallmarks of the Baroque style, including religious themes, detail, realism, and a focus on the subject's personality. The paper shows how this painting suggests in some ways a departure from the more staid and simple style of the mannerists and a foreshadowing of the emotional intensity and artistic excess which would arrive with the true Baroque period.

From the Paper:

"The term "baroque" is used to describe the style that originated in Rome at the beginning of the 17th century superseding Mannerism. The Council of Trent (1545-63) had strongly advocated clarity and historical pertinence in art. Some artists had therefore responded with a simpler art style, 'Anti-Mannerism'. By the 17th century, however, with the Counter-Reformation, a revolutionary new style, the Baroque, was developed. This style often focused on deeply religious themes, especially those religious subjects - such as martyrdoms, ecstasies, or miracles - which evoked strong emotions (Lopera 1999). El Greco painted several emotional religious scenes, including The Resurrection of Christ (c. 1598, Pardo Museum), Christ Healing the Blind Man (c. 1566-67), and The Disrobing of Christ (c. 1577-79, Toledo Cathedral), all portrayed in emotional ways. His painting of the archbishop, obviously, also deals with a religious figure, although perhaps a less obviously dramatic theme than a miracle or a religious death. Nevertheless, the focus on a higher ecclesiastical authority and the theatrical, vivid way in which El Greco depicts his subject does at least hint at some of the passion he depicted in some of his more obviously sensational works. Further, the fact that the archbishop is also the grand Inquisitor of Spain suggests some of the suffering and passion associated with the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition."

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