Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo

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Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo

Leonardo Da Vinci



Leonardo da Vinci was one of the most impactful artists and scientists of his era. Born April 15th 1452 in a Tuscan hamlet near Vinci Italy. He was a true Renaissance man, excelling in every area from inventing, painting, to medical research. Today his works are some of the most famous and recognizable in the world. His blueprints of mechanical ideas and inventions are still technically impressive even today.

Oil on wood, 77x53cm, 1503The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous and recognizable paintings ever created. The subject is of the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, pictured sitting amiably in front of a landscape. The layout and design holds many potential metaphorical interpretations for art majors to write papers on, too many to fit here. The work currently resides in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

Throughout his career it was apparent that Leonardo had a fascination with flying machines. Pictured left, is one of his designs for a flying machine. His ideas for flight are usually heavily inspired by nature as is apparent in the bat-like shape of this machines wings. While it has been hypothesized that this design might of been able to fly once in the air it would simply be impossible to generate enough energy to get of the ground from pure exertion of the person piloting it.

Michelangelo could easily be titled as the face of the Renaissance movement. Born on March 6th 1475 near Arezzo, Tuscany, Michelangelo was known for his impressive displays of both his technical and creative skills. His talent is clearly displayed through his numerous paintings, sculptures,(and poems!) many of which are still revered today.

Fresco on plaster, ~130' by 46' 1508-1512 Perhaps one of Michelangelo's most famous and certainly most breathtaking works of art is his enormous decoration of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. It took at least four years for Michelangelo to single handily paint the nearly 6000 square foot mural depicting the entirety of the Bible. The layout was meticulously thought out down to the tiniest of the details to make this work as immersive and as pleasing to the eye as possible.

Marble, 5'9" by 6'5" 1498-1499, pictured right is the amazing "Pieta" which depicts the Virgin Mary holding Jesus as he dies in her arms. A common theme for Michelangelo works is painstaking dedication to detail, and this piece is no exception. Michelangelo would of had to of spent hours studying the anatomy of the human figure in order to make ever muscle, bone, and tendon of Jesus look as real as possible. The fabric also looks incredibly realistic and convincing. This piece is current located in St. Peter's Basilica, another church in Vatican City.

1. Michelangelo got his start after a failed attempt at art fraud.2. Leonardo da Vinci was almost executed on sodomy charges3. Michelangelo hated Leonardo da Vinci, the one record of them meeting face to face ends with Michelangelo insulting Leonardo

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