Catholic Baroque Art in Italy and Flanders

  1. What is distinctive about Bernini’s style, and how is it different from the calm ideal beauty of the High Renaissance?
  2. How did Bernini’s new style serve the needs of the Catholic Counter-Reformation?
  3. What are the characteristics of Caravaggio’s style?
  4. In what ways did Caravaggio’s paintings challenge the Catholic Church’s rules of “decorum,” and in what ways did his approach to religious subject matter serve the needs of the Catholic Counter Reformation?
  5. How does Rubens’ Elevation of the Cross reflect the style of Catholic Baroque art?