Bernini is an important figure. His work has remarkable vigor and vitality, in no small part to the compositional nature of his gesture. This work translated into the pillars which you see below and can see in person if you go to the Vatican.

During this period there were many painters who took to the dramatic use of gesture.  Peter Paul Rubens was one, the Tiepolo family another and the Italian Mannerists such as Pontormo.




Peter Paul Rubens

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Saint James the Great Conquering the Moors














Jacopo Pontormo












There have been many expressions of this use of gesture throughout history. I will add a couple of contemporary examples below in the next couple of days/

Beth Cavener 

Beth Cavener



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