Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo

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Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo

(1452 - 1519)

Leonardo da Vinci

Artist, Scientist, Architect, Engineer, Inventor

Leonardo da Vinci was truly a man of many talents, and possibly wielded one of the greatest scientific minds in all of history. Some of his many great achievements include: - Dozens of inventions, many of which were spiritual predecessors to modern-day objects, including a self-propelled cart, an aerial screw(which worked off of the same principles as a modern day helicopter), a parachute, which was even noted by one tester to have a smoother ride than most modern parachutes,a more accurate clock, and several designs for a flying machine, though these were never able to achieve liftoff. - Many paintings, some of the most famous ones consisting of The Last Supper, the Mona Lisa, andthe Annunciation(The last one being especially well known for its masterful use of perspective). He also used and helped develop the Golden Ratio, which probably deserves a whole project in and of itself. - A myriad of studies an observations made about human anatomy, including illustrations of various human body parts. One well known example of these is the Vitruvian Man.Leonardo da Vinci is undoubtedly one of the few men in history than can be considered by all a true genius, from his crafty inventions to his masterful artwork and thoughtful observations of the world around him. His work revolutionized the art world, and many of his inventions and scientific observations are still being studied to this day.

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Michelangelo

"Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen."

(1475-1564)

Artist, Sculptor

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. "

Full Name: Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

Michelangelo lived around the same time as da Vinci, and likewise had a phenomenal impact on the culture of the Renaissance. A key difference though is that Michelangelo is that he became extremely famous during his lifetime, instead of starting to become well-known after his death. Michelangelo's art and sculpting is widely considered some of the best of all time, rivaled only by that of other great painters such as da Vinci and Van Gogh.Many consider him to be the best artist of all time for his works. Some of his most notable works include: - The painted roof of the Sistine Chapel, which took 4 years to complete - a statue of the biblical figure David - The Creation of Adam, probably the most well known renaissance painting along with the Mona Lisa. - The Pieta, which is particularly praised by its near perfect imitation of the human body. - A statue of Moses, also praised for being lifelike in the extreme.Though he did not contribute the same number of concepts and ideas in the sheer volume and manner that da Vinci did, what they lack in quantity they more than make up for in quality. Michelangelo's works were such that they forever changed the very concept of art.

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