Description of the artwork «Pieta»
This painting is a reinterpretation of the pietà of Michelangelo. Carracci introduces new plot Michelangelo, this is not a Renaissance vision. Firstly, not the whole composition that Michelangelo: the composition is divided into two diagonals, the diagonal becomes a way of transmission. The main compositional center off-center (the compositional center of the Renaissance – always in the middle), it is a demonstration of instability. Secondly, the light coming at the main figure and the dark background creates a contrast that enhances the emotional impact of the work: technique, typical of Caravaggio and his followers.
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Encyclopedia of Styles
Classicism was firmly established in European art of the 17th century, giving ground only in the first third of the next century. The classicists worshiped antiquity, strongly believed in the idea of the order and logic of the universe, as well as in the limitless possibilities of the human mind.