Languages of Baroque
Evolution of Style
Emotional suspense and persuasive virtuosity were the Roman legacy to Baroque painting.
Basic duality of style, expressive and sublime representations of the key moments in saint’s lives, almost tangible depictions of visions and apotheosis, emotional suspense and persuasive virtuosity were the Roman legacy to Baroque painting. Equally significant for the formative years, as well as for the further development of style towards High Baroque Classicism, was Bologna and the school of the Carracci family, whose pictorial language found many followers, most of whom inclined towards more idealised and exuberant religious and mythological imagery. No less influential were artists from other major Italian towns, especially Venice, where many Central European painters were educated.
David with the Head of Goliath

1609/10
Borghese Gallery
Rome, Italy
Michelangelo Merisi, "Caravaggio"
Oil on canvas
Caravaggio depicted the key moment in the Old Testament story of David and his victory over the giant Goliath. It has already been recognised that Goliaths face is a self-portrait of the artist, but there is an opinion that David is a self-portrait as well, representing the artist as a young man.