Friday, 5 October 2012

Michelangelo and da Vinci

Now that the concept of the contrasting styles is set we began to look at the two artists we are using more closely. Both are very fascinating men and were high influential in the era and to future generations.

Born: 1475           Died: 1564
Michelangelo was an Italian artist who massively influenced the future of western art. He was a forerunner in the high renaissance movement and highly regarded in his own lifetime. One of his biographies, written by Giorgio Vasari, described him as the pinnacle of all artistic achievement since the beginning of the Renaissance. He learnt to paint under the apprenticeship of Dominico Ghirlandaio. He had many disciplines but is mostly known for his paintings and sculptures. Two of his most influential paintings are his fresco works in the Sistine Chapel, Rome.

Leonardo da Vinci:
Born: 1452           Died: 1519
Da Vinci was an Italian polymath, in that he had many creative disciplines, most of his studies were in the arts and sciences. In his own time he was something of a celebrity. His most known works as a painter include the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. He’s also renowned for his note books that hold his inventions (including a tank, helicopter and solar power) and his anatomical studies. He never published his scientific findings so they never contributed to the furthering of science.  

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