Use Of Realism, Violence, Profanity, Nudity, Torture, Vulgarity And Decapitation Resonated Deeply With Boulogne

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During the late 1590’s and early 1600’s Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, father of the baroque period not only heavily influenced the artists around him, but also influenced thousands of artists of future generations, one such artist is Valentin de Boulogne. This influence is evident as Boulogne would use many of the same religious themes and concepts in his work as Caravaggio implemented in his art. Caravaggio’s use of realism, violence, torture, vulgarity and decapitation resonated deeply with Boulogne as he expanded on these themes. One such piece that bares a unique resemblance to a work Caravaggio painted in 1599 is Judith and Holofernes. Painted by Boulogne in 1626, this painting contains many characteristics associated with the baroque style painting, extensive use of browns and blacks in the background, light emanating from one side helping to cast a shadow creating an ominous feel, and light colored actors against the dark background causing the action to almost fall out of the picture right in our laps. These stylistic characteristics profoundly influenced Boulogne as his version of Judith and Holofernes clearly shows.
Valentin de Boulogne is a French painter who was born in the small town of Coulommiers on January 3, 1591 to parents Valentin de Boulogne and Jeanne de Monthyon (Schutze). Most about Boulogne’s childhood and early life is unknown due to the poor record keeping during this time period. Prior to his arrival in Rome in about 1609, it is believed…

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