Today we had Social Science class at the 5th period. We were excited and nervous at the same time, because Paqui has said to us that she have the exams.
We have started the lesson after some jokes that Alfredo has made. We have started watching many paintings of the Baroque period:
- The Conversion of Saint Paul on the way to Damascus, by Caravaggio.
Paqui has said to us that the painting present first of all big contrast of light and colours(chiaroscuro).
She also has said that it's not like the painting of the Renaissance art. The central character of the painting is not a Saint Paul, but the horse.
- The Crucifixion of Saint Peter, by Caravaggio
We have seen that it represent movement, Its composition is made as an X, The people who are in the painting are breaking the ground with this the painter wanted to create a sensation of background(perspective)
Then we have spoken about The Three Graces, by Rubens. Paqui has told us that it represent the ideal of beauty of that period. Women like these ones, with wide hips, meant that they ate well, and as these three women didn't have the skin suntannedd ,this means that they didn't work(Working in that period was shameful and dishonest).This information in brackets refers only to the Hispanic Monarchy. The reason why this type of women was the ideal one was because they related health with not working and being able to have children.
We have seen other paintings and Paqui has explained some characteristics of each one.
- The Entombment of Christ, by Caravaggio
- The calling of Saint Mattew, by Caravaggio
- Death of the Virgin,by Caravaggio (This painting is a contradiction, because the woman as model was a prostitute, and she look younger than The Virgin)
- The Descent from the cross, by Rubens
- Anatomy lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, by Rubens
- Girl reading a letter at an open window, Vermeer
- Girl with a pearl earring, by Vermeer
Caravaggio's paintings have
the same structure( the light enter from the
upper part) because he always was worked
in a basement.
Paqui has said to us that the 17th century was the Golden Age of Paintingsin the Hispanic Monarchy, and there were many good painters in this period.
Then Paqui has written the scheme that we have to complete for tomorrow on the blackboard, it is about the Baroque Art in the Hispanic Monarchy.
We also have added some words to the glossary:
Foreshortened figure:figura en escorzo
Golden Fleece:Toisón de Oro
At the end of the lesson Paqui has given us the exams, and I'm happy with my mark.
See you tomorrow!
See you tomorrow!