Francis Bacon Artist Screaming Pope

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Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X is a 1953 painting by the artist Francis Bacon . The work shows a distorted version of the Portrait of Innocent X painted by Spanish artist Diego Velázquez in 1650. The work is one the first [1] in a series of around 50 [2] variants of the Velázquez painting which Bacon executed throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. [3] [4] The paintings are considered re-interpretations of a classic of the western canon of visual art.

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Bacon has been called the father of empiricism. His works argued for the possibility of scientific knowledge based only upon inductive reasoning and careful observation of events in nature. Most importantly, he argued this could be achieved by use of a sceptical and methodical approach whereby scientists aim to avoid misleading themselves. While his own practical ideas about such a method, the Baconian method, did not have a long-lasting influence, the general idea of the importance and possibility of a sceptical methodology makes Bacon the father of the scientific method. This marked a new turn in the rhetorical and theoretical framework for science, the practical details of which are still central in debates about science and methodology today. In addition to his work in the sciences, Bacon was also a venerable patron of libraries and developed a functional system for the cataloging of books by dividing them into three categories—history, poetry, and philosophy—which could further be divided into more specific subjects and subheadings.

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