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Pietro, da Cortona, 1596-1669.
e Artist : painter
The Triumph of Divine Providence (detail).
Beginning Date: 1633.
Completion Date: 1639.
Everything combines to underline the vibrant dynamism of the work. The large scudding clouds and the perspective viewpoints looking up from below were probably inspired by Correggio's examples. But the brand new ingredient was Pietro da Cortona's desire to turn the fresco into a total work of art. The spectator was intended to lose his perception of space when he looked at it and become caught up in a spiritual and esthetic ecstasy. Another hallmark of Baroque was the happy way it mixed different subjects. In this scene, officially on a religious theme, the triumphs of the Barberini dynasty are nearly as apparent as those of Divine Providence as can be seen from the way their heraldic device of flying bees dominates the scene.
Rome, Italy (Palazzo Sforza).
Style: Italian Baroque.
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)
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