Most commentators on Baroque painting consider Caravaggio an early practitioner of that style, believing that his rea...

Filippo on August 25, 2020

Why is E correct

Could anybody please explain why E is correct? I don't understand how it guarantees the conclusion of the argument. Thank you

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on October 21, 2020

I am not an instructor but let me try explaining why I choose E.

So, I identified this as a Strengthen with Sufficient premise question and the conclusion is the last sentence "One must therefore either abandon the opinion of this majority of commentators or reject Mather's definition of Baroque painting, which says that for any painting to be considered Baroque, it must display opulence, heroic sweep, and extravagance".

The phrase "must display opulence, heroic sweep, and extravagance" is an entirely new concept in the conclusion so I looked for an answer choice that addresses this new concept, which narrowed it down to D and E. I choose E (Opulence, heroic sweep, and extravagance are not present in Caravaggio's paintings) as the answer because if Caravaggio's paintings DID display opulence, heroic sweep, and extravagance, then the conclusion stating that "one must therefore either abandon the opinion of this majority of commentators or reject Mather's definition of Baroque painting..." will not hold.

I hope the above helped/makes sense! :)