The Swing Vs. Ecstasy Of St. Theresa Essay

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“The Swing” vs. “Ecstasy of St. Theresa”

Fragonard’s “The Swing,” from the Rococo period, and Bernini’s “Ecstasy of St. Theresa,” from the Italian Baroque, are two works of art that employ a lavish visual aesthetic that many viewers, as well as artists, of their time were unable to comprehend. Both pieces are so visually stimulating, and detail oriented. They draw the viewer to the piece without flaw, and allow for a very pleasant representation of the artistic era they embody. Both are astounding in their own way because of the many intricacies and detail that the artists put into them. For this very reason alone, It is the visual aspect that makes “The Swing” and the “Ecstasy of St. Theresa” works that at first glance are similar in their approach, but they differ greatly in the message and cultural reason behind the creation of the work.

Fragonard’s “The Swing” is distinctly Rococo. The image tells a story of a playful affair between a young man and a young woman. Directly in the center, the focal point of the image, a young woman is seen mounted atop a lavishly decorated red velvet swing cushion, laughing joyously while flipping one of her pink slippers elegantly in the air. Her attire is a lacy poof of pink, with silk stockings on her legs. In the left hand corner of the piece is a young man, presumably her lover, hiding in the bushes, playfully looking beneath her skirt. There is an older gentleman in the right hand corner of the image, fading…

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