Reflection on Art

Reflection on Batoni´s and Trémolières´ paintings

  • Marina Boon - Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Sietske Doorenbos - Faculty of Medicine
  • Evelien Zantingh - Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Main page: The Fall of Simon Magus The Story of Simon Magus

To be able to compare the paintings of Batoni and Trémolières (a copy of Vanni´s original) on the same subject, a short reflection on both paintings is given below. The paintings are described paying attention to the style and the visual aspects. Also some general information about the paintings is given.

Contents
Batoni´s work
Trémolières´ work
Sources

Batoni´s work


This painting was made by Pompeo Batoni, the best appreciated painter in the eighteenth century. Batoni started painting his masterpiece in 1745 and the painting was finally finished in 1755. The dimensions of the unframed painting are unknown (estimation 2m x 3.3 m) and the used technique is oil on canvas [1]. The canvas is currently located in the Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome.

Pompeo Batoni was a late Baroque and early Classicistic artist. This painting tends to have more Baroque than Classicistic features, because of the exuberancy of this image: Batoni chose to work with very bright colors, like the red cloth in the front and the yellow and blue clothes of the man on the left. The lighting and the shadows create a lot of contrast, which makes the scene look dramatic. The diagonal composition, the facial expressions and the outrageous motions in this painting create a lively impression with a lot of movement. These characteristics are very typical for Baroque art.

Depicted in this scene, is the story about the fall of Simon Magus. Simon Magus is a magician who was mentioned in the New Testament.

Jan de Bisschops copy [2] Trémolières´ copy Batoni´s version

Trémolières´ work


This painting was made by Pierre-Charles Trémolières. It is a copy of the sixteenth century original on blackboard from Fransesco Vanni. This painting was finished in 1736. The dimensions of the unframed painting are unknown (estimation: 2m x 3.3m) cm and the used technique is oil on canvas. The canvas is currently located in the Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome.

The painting was made during the baroque period. Compared to many other baroque paintings, this painting has relatively dark colours. Only the women in the front are painted in bright colours, which makes them more prominent than the crowd behind them, painted in very dark colours with only little contrast.

The women in the front are lined up in a slightly diagonal composition and have dramatic facial expressions and postures. However the rest of the painting is a horizontal composition, which makes the painting seem more calm than Batoni´s painting. Compared to other baroque paintings, this painting is relatively calm and modest, due to the dark colours and the horizontal composition.

Depicted in this scene is the story about the fall of Simon Magus.


Sources


  1. Bowron, E. P., Kerber, P. B., Batoni, P., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, & National Gallery (Great Britain). (2007). Pompeo Batoni: Prince of painters in eighteenth-century Rome. New Haven: Yale University Press. Pages 33 - 35.
  2. Image retrieved from this site, October 2015.