Leonardo Da Vinci During The High Renaissance

analytical Essay
833 words
833 words

Following centuries of a powerful church, chivalrous knights, and harsh struggles, emerged a season of rebirth, rediscovery, and revival. Characterized by humanistic ideals, the Renaissance period marked a new style of art and literature and fresh appreciation of the body and nature. The pinnacle of the period occurred from 1500 to 1520, an era concentrated in Italy and known as the High Renaissance. Two prominent faces of the time were Leonardo da Vinci, painter of the acclaimed, “Mona Lisa,” and Michelangelo Buonarroti, sculptor of the jaw-dropping, “Pieta.” As the Renaissance spread North, Jan van Eyck, gifted artist of the “Arnolfini Wedding,” entered the public eye as well. Gradually, the study of mortal man replaced the study of the Almighty …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the renaissance period marked a new style of art and literature and fresh appreciation of the body and nature.
  • Analyzes how leonardo da vinci epitomizes high renaissance art. he understood the flaws of humanism and relativism. his skillful execution is undeniable.
  • Compares michelangelo buonarroti to da vinci, who preferred sculpting to other forms of art, since life was formed from the dust of the ground.
  • Describes the northern renaissance, a period modeled by 15th-century flemish painter jan van eyck.
  • Analyzes how the "mona lisa," "pieta," and "arnolfini wedding" exemplify esteemed renaissance art, while leonardo da vinci and jan van eyck understood the flaws of humanism.

Nearly everything captured the attention of handsome, intelligent, and charming da Vinci. His dream of flying and pursuit of inventing often compelled him to abandon a project for the sake of exploration. Contrary to the beliefs of most notorious figures of the time, da Vinci comprehended the flaws of humanism and relativism. Rather, he recognized a higher authority, which he strove to obey. Today, da Vinci is most frequently recognized as the creative genius behind the fascinating “Mona Lisa.” “Mona Lisa” herself, was likely quite ordinary. In fact, “Mona” is simply an abbreviation of the title, “Mrs.” or “Madonna.” While the subject’s true identity is debatable, da Vinci’s skillful execution is undeniable. The blurred contours and dark undertones of his own technique, sfumato, pair with intentional fuzziness and purposeful shadows to create a portrait with exceptional depth and rich meaning. Opposed to the preferences of many artists of the day, da Vinci favored pleasant subjects. No doubt his employment of musicians and jesters to entertain his subjects is partially responsible for Mona Lisa’s distinguished smile. Indubitably, Leonardo da Vinci’s achievements set the standard for High Renaissance …show more content…

Increasingly, man was accepted as an autonomous individual and emphasized as his own measure, resulting in a loss of true meaning. The “Mona Lisa,” “Pieta,” and “Arnolfini Wedding,” are beautiful masterpieces which not only exemplify esteemed Renaissance art, but also boldly display the convictions of their artists. While Leonardo da Vinci and Jan van Eyck realized the tenants of the gospel and understood the flaws of humanism, Michelangelo adhered to the commonly accepted beliefs of relativism. Most of his contemporaries valued the human intellect, underemphasized their powerful God, and shared Michelangelo’s position. Unsurprisingly, the ideals of humanism that emerged in the Renaissance have not died off, but set the stage for the morals of humanism observed

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