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The countryside in Southern Italy seems like a Boroque painting in some way. The rolling hills with cereals and grasses are like a painting to the first time visitor. Taken through a bus window at speed and cropped, otherwise unaltered.

Note on Boroque from Wikipedia.
The seventeenth century is in all respects the golden age of Spanish painting. Italian influence was largely rejected in favor of Mannerist formulas and a severe and noble style which used chiaroscuro not for the sake of a theatrical aestheticism, but to create a more urgent sense of drama. Though undoubtedly Baroque, this was a profoundly realistic art, preferring a broad visual synthesis, with a predominance of pictorial over tactile values, to the analytical approach of the sixteenth-century primitivists. Interest in the faithful reproduction of materials encouraged virtuosity. Artists grew more fastidious in their choice of colors and more intimately concerned with tonal values. Light served not only to lend brightness to external forms but acquired a transcendental function. Spatial values became more subtle and more numerous; tonal gradation gained in importance and the conventional mode of observation gradually gave way to one so penetrating that no other age or style has been able to equal it in truthfulness. It was, in fact, the great Spanish masters who guided European painting along the paths of naturalistic realism.

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  • Copyright: Murray Lines (MLINES) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2255 W: 203 N: 2719] (12516)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-06-17
  • Categories: Nature
  • Camera: Sony DSC T100
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2009-12-17 12:58
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