Compare And Contrast Leonardo Da Vinci And Leonardo Da Vinci

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The Renaissance The Renaissance was a period in Europe which was considered a cultural rebirth. This period which began in the late 13th and early 14th centuries started a reinvigoration of interest in the values and other cultural influences that belonged to ancient Greece and Rome, also known as Renaissance Humanism. In this era two great men named Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti both created and solidified their place in history through their hard work and love for creating and painting. They embraced the cultural swing that was created from the strong wave of humanism during this time that they both became what is known as a ‘Renaissance Man’ or by definition a cultured man of the Renaissance who was knowledgeable, educated,…show more content…
One of his greatest contributions to painting was his technique called sfumato, or translated from the Italian language it means ‘Smokey’ and is a way of producing atmospheric perspective in paintings. Leonardo approximately worked on the Mona Lisa - or translated from Italian ‘My Lady’ in Italy - from 1503 to 1506, however there is some speculation that he may have planned to work on the painting up to 1517. The painting itself is painted with oil on a 30in x 21in panel made out of a popular wood from a cottonwood tree and the piece itself has had quite a history of traveling throughout the world since its creation. From the house of Leonardo himself until 1516 where he was invited by King Francois I to work in France where it remained in the Palace of Fontainebleau for more than 100 years until it was taken by Louis XIV to the Palace of Versailles, from then on Napoleon Bonaparte had taken the painting to decorate his room in the Tuileries Palace for 4 years the painting in 1804 finally reaching its main exhibit where it has been aside from very brief specific moments in the Louvre museum in…show more content…
Not only was Michelangelo a great painter but he was also very skilled with a hammer and chisel brinFging marble to life, giving statues vivid and detailed features of the human body from muscles to veins, a good example being his work on the sculpture the Pieta. However, the work of Michelangelo that this paper will focus on will be his work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Commissioned by Pope Julius II Della Rovere in 1508 to have Michelangelo repaint the ceiling of the site that is the pope’s chapel and the place of papal elections. The ceiling is estimated around 40 meters long by 13 meters wide this commission took him a bit over 4 years of hard to finish his work, the talented artist that Michelangelo did most of the work in the style known as buon fresco, a painting technique which is painting done on a freshly laid wet plaster. There are more than 300 painted figures on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and in the time that it took Michelangelo to paint the ceiling the commission had taken a toll on his vision and permanently damage his eyesight. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel arguably Michelangelo’s most famous creation was also ironically one of his least favorite, having a vast preference towards sculpting and insisting that he was a sculpture and not a

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