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This posting offers ideas about social, political, or economic conditions that can alter the nature and meaning of art.

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I strongly feel that art is greatly influenced by social, political, and economic forces. Thus, I want to examine Baroque and Rococo perspectives based upon these influences.

First, Baroque paintings were greatly influenced by social forces within the era. Please note that this era was marked great exploration and curiosity for nature. Based on the works of Francis Bacon, Descartes, Galileo, Kepler, and other prominent figures, Baroque seemed to mirror the social beliefs about the universe.

You might also highlight that Baroque art changed its perspective of space. You might use Andrea Pozzo's architectural columns and arches as evidence when looking at the ceiling of Sant'Ignazio. You may also choose Peter Paul Rubens' Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus to also show the changing space perspective since this piece shows how the figures seem to impose or invade the viewer's space.

Besides space, the Roman church also caused social, political, and economic effects upon art and architecture during the Baroque era. Please note that the immense power of the church power influenced the grandiosity of architecture. To illustrate, you might cite Bernini's two colonnades in St. Peter's Square or the Palace of Versailles. This piece is as important as a prime example to show the connections among social, political, and economic forces upon art. Please note that this was Louis XIV's greatest enterprise and was designed by Le Vau under the leadership of Mansart. You might mention the garden front, Salons of Peace and War, monumental classical exteriors, and other elements that reflect these influences.

Louis XIV's Versailles was a symbol of royal absolutism and an expression of the classical baroque style for several reasons. It definitely reflected social and political ideas. First, it was erected by 36,000 workers at cost of 500 million dollars. It exuded absolutist philosophies because its interior was furnished with great mirrors, Gobelin ...

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be a 1200-1500 word critical essay about the three works of art you have chosen. The goals of a critical essay are to evaluate and analyze the art works based on research, using the vocabulary and concepts you have learned. Your attitude should be detached. The "critical" aspect of the essay refers to this detached attitude, not whether you react positively or negatively to the works. Your essay must include the following points:

A description of the works including the style.
A summary of the artists' personal philosophies of art (if they can be found in published sources), the prevailing trends and schools of thought in the art world at the time and in the place the artist was working. For instance, what was going on in the artists' city, country, church, that the artist or the people around him/her may have been reacting to. Any other information that might help the reader understand why the artists made the choices they did and where they were "coming from."

An explanation of how the works fit into the context of the time period.
Compare the three works in terms of form, content, and subject matter. Using the terminology and concepts that you have learned in the course, explain the similarities and differences in the styles of the works and the context in which they were made. Compare and contrast their aesthetic qualities and symbolic significance, as well as the artists' points of view. Your personal point of view that you have developed throughout the paper will be summarized here. As with the preceding three sections, you will write in your own words, supported by research.
You should quote the sources internally in your paper, include a reference page at the end of the paper, and attach copies of the 3 works of art at the end of the paper. Note: Make certain your paper conforms to the requirements of the APA format, including internal citation. For additional information and resources on APA, visit the APA section of the Library, available under "Library Features."

Submit the following with your draft:

A fully developed rough draft of the assigned portions of the essay, including a title, introductory paragraph (introduction) with a thesis statement, body, and conclusion (use APA formatting, including double-spacing);

Appropriate in-text citations and a References list (use APA formatting).

Choose works "with a similar theme"; choose three works from the same artist, or three works with the same subject matter (St. Sebastian, for example), or by artists of the same general time period, or three works with a similar theme (such as tragedy). It''s important that the three works you choose have something in common

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