In the beginning of the 17th century, Rome was the artistic centre of Europe. The papacy encouraged art as a means to restate the power of the Catholic Church and artists flocked to the city in search of patronage. Caravaggio, Carracci, Poussin, Bernini, Reni and many more competed for the attention of the cardinals and commissions to outshine their rivals. This course will take you inside the churches and the palazzi to look at their artworks in context and analyse the competing styles ‘realism’ and ‘classicism’.

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