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Pietro, da Cortona, 1596-1669.
e Artist : painter
The Triumph of Divine Providence (detail).
Beginning Date: 1633.
Completion Date: 1639.
The orderly clarity of Annibale Carracci's frescos in Palazzo Farnese was replaced by a turbulent composition that was full of spiraling movement. 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. In this scene the triumphs of the Barberini dynasty are nearly as apparent as those of Divine Providence.
Rome, Italy (Palazzo Barberini).
Style: Italian Baroque.
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)
Close-up; detail of SW corne.