Bernini is a giant in art field and was among the founders of Italian Baroque style of art (Baldinucci 22). The style was heavily influenced by the Catholic Reformation that needed a way to captivate the attention, stimulate senses and elevate the souls of the believers. His artworks are more dynamic and natural as he was able to curl hair and convey skin in a sculpture more than anybody else. His artworks are detailed and focus more attention on the use of elements like shadows, light and other effects which gave his sculptures a painter’s feel. His works always had a religion theme. His sculptures were composed to be viewed from different directions which illicit energy and movement from viewers while viewing such pieces of art. His art textures had amazing realism than a visual experience because of the way he sculptured curled hair and soft skin. His artworks also depicted an illusion and a sense of movement as he uses straight lines coupled with curves which in art signifies movement. His medium of representing art was molding molten wax to produce religious-themed artworks like Tomb of Pope Alexander VII, Blessed Ludovica Albertoni, Angel with the Superscription.
Rubens, a painter, effectively depicted art by combining Flemish with the Italian classicism to create a style where his figurative representation, realistic nature of his art provided a unique dynamic representation that was different from that of the Italian Baroque. The medium and materials used is also different. His paintings used a combination of oil, turpentine, resin and eggs. Examples of his works include Jupiter and Calisto, Venus and Adonis, Miracle of Saint Hubert among others. These pieces depicted the Flemish Baroque painting style of Netherlands with themes which mainly touched on history, landscapes and still life unlike the Italian Baroque that mainly focused on religion. He is remembered for transforming the Baroque style to an international form of art representation. His art are full of details with an impression of movement for the view just like the Italian Baroque. His painting and drawings were on canvas combined with sketched pieces of paper. His paintings evoke emotions because they are composed in three dimensions giving the audience a focused view and affirming the unique Flemish Baroque style.
Baldinucci, Filippo. The Life of Bernini. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006.