Compare and Contrast Caravaggio and Gentileschi Essay example

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Michelangelo da Caravaggio's "David with the Head of Goliath" and
Artemisia Gentileschi's "Judith and Maidservant with the Head of
Holofernes"
The period of Baroque art was from 1600 to 1750, and relates to the style of architecture and art that was dominant at that time. Rome was the center of this new style that reflected the Counter Reformation; the
Church was regrouping during this period, and was trying to build up its patronage by bringing people back to worship after the Reformation. In much of the art during this time, the papacy commissioned artists to lavishly restore Rome in the hope that Rome would become the most beautiful city that would attract Christians. Meanwhile, in the rest of the world, William Shakespeare
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In Gentileschi's painting, "Judith and Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes," a dramatically and deeply shadowed Judith, holding a sword with one hand, a candle burns on a table which lights the scene, and holds her other hand up in a gesture of perhaps being startled by a sound, while her Maidservant kneels over Holofernes's severed head. Both of their expressions, still and waiting to see if they are discovered. Gentileschi realistically captured Judith's almost indifferent expression. Her use of sharp contrast of light and dark adds strength and intensity to the story.
Caravaggio's "David with the Head of Goliath," shows David holding the dangling head of Goliath in his left had, a sword in his right. The two are illuminated with a powerful light; just the black of night behind them, adding powerful contrast. Blood dramatically drips from Goliath's head and his face is caught and frozen in a moment of disbelief, while David is almost sorrowful and calm in his gaze.
Both artists also painted other versions of their paintings, approximately
10 years earlier: "Judith and her Maidservant,"(c. 1614), is a dramatic painting that takes place a few minutes after the beheading and shows
Judith and her Maidservant with Holofernes's head stuffed into a basket;
"David Victorious over Goliath," (c. 1599), shows David

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