Common Themes, Different Treatments: The Chigi Chapels in Santa Maria della Pace and Santa Maria del Popolo
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This paper takes the viewpoint of comparing and contrasting two Chigi chapels in Rome. Exploring the themes of Catholicism in common and their due influence on cultural themes the writer discusses how each treats their approach differently. It looks at the art done by the artist, Agostino Chigi and how murals produced in different eras provide a different outlook on how the world and religions were perceived in those era's.
From the Paper:"Architecture cannot be understood outside the context of its time and place. Buildings reflect the tastes and aspirations of their builders, which in turn, reflect the hopes and goals of their societies. Architecture is a part of culture. Culture is a complex set of beliefs, some new, some old. Structures such as the Chigi Chapels in Rome are buildings that conform to a certain type. They are religious edifices that were constructed in Europe and during a period of European history when organized religion played a central role in daily life. The influence of the Roman Catholic Church extended to virtually every sphere of human existence, from the political to the social and artistic. The Chigi Chapel at Santa Maria del Popolo was also built at a time when the Church was under assault. The old unity of Latin Christendom had given way to the conflicting demands and ideals of Catholic and Protestant. In a similar way, the old medieval world was fighting for survival against the onslaught of bold new Renaissance concepts. The Triumph of Galatea much more directly speaks to these new ideals and the notions of building a new world that fused the classical ideal with the Christian present. Galatea is a single painting, set in a villa. It is a proclamation of a new way of thinking that is; however, conceived of as being natural and ancient. But, the ancient is something that must be studied and understood in order to be given new life. The Renaissance was a time of new ideas, yet in very traditional fashion, these Renaissance ideas were themselves purposeful attempts to restore the supposed glories of a past civilization. Artists and churchmen of the period looked to the Classical world as a source of inspiration for modern - that is Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century life. Their varying interpretations combined with contemporary exigencies to produce the arts of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The Chigi Chapel at Santa Maria del Popolo and the Triumph of Galatea are two works commissioned by the same patron and largely the work of a single great artist, but they approach Renaissance ideas from different perspectives. Each reflects one side of a complex equation, a balancing act between classical and modern, pagan and Christian."
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