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Three works of art are assessed: Annibale Carracci " Landscape with Flight into Egypt" c 1603(http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/c/carracci/annibale/2/f_egypt.html);
Claude Lorrain "A Pastoral Landscape" c 1650 (http://artgallery.yale.edu/pages/collection/popups/pc_european/enlarge20.html ); and Jacob Van Ruisdel "View of Haarlem from the Dunes at Overveen" c (1670http://www.westga.edu/~rtekippe/slides1201/viewhaarlem.html ).

1.A description of the works including the style. Describe basic facts, as well as the visual appearance of the work (what does the viewer see? Where are key figures located? What tells us that the work is of a particular style?)
2.A summary of the artists' personal philosophies of art (if they can be found in published sources), and the prevailing trends and schools of thought in the art world at the time and in the place the artist was working. For instance, discuss what was taking place in the artist's city, country, and/or church that may have provoked a reaction from the artist or the greater society. Include any information that might help the reader understand the artist's point of view or why the artist made his or her choices in this work of art
3.An explanation of how the works fit into the context of the time period.
4.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.

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As you formulate your own essay, I offer some notes and research to guide you. Have a great day!

First of all, you might note how "The Flight into Egypt" reflects many Baroque ideals. As you assess it thoroughly, many critics comment that it is "classical" and composed (http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/c/carracci/annibale/2/f_egypt.html) and also in harmony with the "Aristotelian views" (http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/c/carracci/annibale/2/f_egypt.html).

As you then describe the piece in terms of audience response, please note how it literally depicts a couple in motion with their child. Contrasted with the opulent structure in the back across the river, they seem to be lower class citizens, immigrants, or lower status than the dwelling itself. It seems to work in contrasts here. They seem to be crossing the water as in an everyday custom or possibly to immigrate somewhere else. What do you think? The colors and peaceful tone of the landscape seem to resonate with peace and safety for this family.

Next, you might also suggest that this piece resonates with the artist's own personal philosophy of the time. Since this period embodied a strong human awareness that the world was continuously expanding as well as active trade and colonization policies of many European nations (http://www.history.com/encyclopedia.do?articleId=202283), perhaps this notion of "flight" accounts for this portrayal of an exotic place and people such as the setting of Egypt in this painting?

Because Baroque styles emphasized a strong sense of movement, energy, and tension (http://www.history.com/encyclopedia.do?articleId=202283 ), this painting also adheres to those traits. The artist also uses strong contrasts of light and shadow with the nature props and this quality is also typically of the era since it was used to "enhance the dramatic effects of many paintings and sculptures" (http://www.history.com/encyclopedia.do?articleId=202283).

This piece also reflects the artist's point of view in its natural setting. For example, Caracci rejected "the artificiality of Mannerist painting, championing a return to nature" (http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/carr/hd_carr.htm) as evidenced in this painting. Critics also suggest that he not only drew from nature, "he created a new, broken brushwork to capture movement and the effects of light on form" ...

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Baroque pieces are researched.

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