ART 100 Cuyamaca College Caravaggio vs Rembrandt Comparative Essay Rembrandt, Prodigal Son, Oil on Canvas, 1661-69
Caravaggio, Young Sick Bacchus, Oil on Canvas, 1593
Rembrandt and Caravaggio are considered to be two of the greatest and most influential artists in the history of Western art. Both created their work during the Baroque period, but each artist was from a different geographical region and each was driven to create by different societal forces and for different personal reasons. Consider these issues as you write your Discussion post.
In this Discussion, you will post a 500-750 word analysis in which you will compare the work of Caravaggio and Rembrandt, then explain which of these two artists you find to be more powerful or moving. You will justify your opinions based on key ideas and concepts from the reading and videos, as well as your own ideas and insights.
Step One: Watch the videos (below)
Watch each of the excellent videos, at the bottom of this page, to gain a solid understanding about the life and work of Baroque artists Rembrandt and Caravaggio. Watch enough of the videos so that you understand the societal forces and personal reasons that drove each of these artists to create. As you watch each video, do the following:
Take notes that include key ideas and concepts, as well as your own ideas and insights.
Identify and list a few works by each artist that you find to be the most powerful and/or moving.
Based on what you have learned, select your favorite artist.
Step Two: Post in the Discussion board
Write a 500-750 word analysis in which you compare the work of Caravaggio and Rembrandt. Organize your post based on the following criteria.
Post an image of a painting by the artist you selected and explain how it is a good example of the artist’s overall style and approach to painting.
What about it do you like most? The formal characteristics? The narrative? The content? Explain your choice.
What personal and/or societal forces drove the artist you selected to approach their work in such a unique and powerful way? Briefly describe and explain them.
Why do you prefer the artist you selected over the other artist? Explain your reasoning.
Please watch this four-part video series about the life and art of Rembrandt. This is part one.
As you watch the video, pay close attention to both the form and context of Rembrandt’s life and work. Take note of the formal stylistic characteristics as well as the personal and/or societal forces that drove Rembrandt to approach his work in such a unique and powerful way.
Please watch this four-part video series about the life and art of Caravaggio. This is part one.
As you watch the video, pay close attention to both the form and context of Caravaggio’s life and work. Take note of the formal stylistic characteristics as well as the personal and/or societal forces that drove Caravaggio to approach his work in such a unique and powerful way.