Sunday, February 24, 2013

Apollo and Daphne.

Historical and artistic context:

-Time: 1622-1625.

-Style: Baroque.

-Artist: Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

-Material and technique: Marble

-Location: Galleria Borghese (Rome)

Iconographic analysis:

-Name: Apollo and daphne.

-Type of work of art and function: It is a sculpture which you can find in Rome, exactly in "Galleria Borghese". This sculpture was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini which is the auntor of more famous sculptures for instance: David, Santa Teresa, Beata Ludovica. It is the representation of a myth, is the representation of the transformation of Dafne into a tree.

Formal analysis: 

-Composition, space, decoration: As you know this a baroque sculpture, so the contrast of the element and the technique "Chiaroscuro" predominate in this sculpture. We can see techniques typical of baroque times. It is life-sice marble sculpture and it was created in two marble's colums .

-Size of the sculpture: It is a life-size. It is about 2.43 m because of the rock that is below them.


-Apollo laughed of Eros because he was playing with arrows, so Apollo was punished with a golden arrow in the heart and Eros threw an iron arrow to Daphne. The golden arrow make people fall in love and the iron arrow means hate somebody. Apollo fell in love with Daphne, and Daphne hates Apollo.
Gods helped Apollo to catch up Daphne. When Apollo caught her, Daphne's father turned her into a tree. This sculpture represents this situation, Apollo and Daphne turning into a tree.

San Serapio.

Historical and artistic context:

-Time: 1628.

-Style: Baroque.

-Artist: Francisco de Zurbaran.

-Material and technique: Oil on canvas.

-Location: Wadsworth Atheneum, Harthford (U.S.)

Iconographic analysis:

-Name: San Serapio

-Type of painting:  It is a baroque painting by Francisci de Surbaran.It was a painting for the Convent of "Nuestra señora de la Merced calzada" to represemt Saint Serapion after a torture.

Formal analysis:

-Composition, space, decoration:  This picture is baroque so, we can see many characteristics tpical of this era like "chiaroscuro" this consist of using shades and light. We can see a man who looks like a prisioner with white tunic.

-Size of the paint: 120 cm x 103 cm.


-Francisco de Zurbaran wanted to reflect on this painting a soul which leave life because he can't find a reason to live.

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