The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is one of, if not, the most famous paintings in the worlds. When she was created around 1503–1504 this small, seemingly average oil painting, only 2′ 6″ x 1′ 9″, was merely just another one of Leonardo 's paintings. It was just one of his works, certainly not a masterpiece. Up until a man named Walter Pater wrote a review of the smiling lady, making it very popular in the art world. But it was not until 1911 that Vincenzo Peruggia stole the Mona Lisa and made it a worldwide sensation.
Leonardo da Vinci was one of the most famous and accomplished artists of the Italian Renaissance during the late 1400’s and early 1500’s. His paintings used many new artistic techniques developed during the Renaissance, particularly embodying the nobility of man. Humanism was the period’s cultural movement focused on the importance and goodness of man as opposed to the divine. Below I will describe how Leonardo da Vinci used Renaissance techniques in two of his most famous works - The Last Supper and The Mona Lisa - and how they exemplify the dominant trends of this period. One of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings was entitled The Last Supper.
Even though we gather symbolic meaning behind the painting The Mona Lisa, there is still no definite significance. In fact, this is what is found to be so intriguing. "For centuries afterward, his talent and ingenuity sparked many debates and a multitude of theories in an effort to uncover the mysteries behind the Mona Lisa…and the nature of her smile” (Pourtauborde & Foster). Using sfumato, da Vinci’s specialty, he created a mysterious painting that is so well done it seems as if she is communicating with us. Being the most influential artist of his time, da Vinci brought The Mona Lisa to life by giving her genuine yet puzzling characteristics which we continue to appreciate so much today.
Raphael: The Madonna of the Candelabra During the Italian Renaissance Raphael was one of the most influential artists. He painted many brilliant pieces, mastering the use of depth, perspective, and the use of shadow and light. Throughout his life, Raphael used the Madonna as a reoccurring subject in his work. One example of this subject is the Madonna of the Candelabra. This dark shadowy portrayal exemplifies the pure and humanistic ideals of the Madonna that made Raphael’s versions so well known and loved throughout the ages.
The mysterious smile of the painting Mona Lisa and her tenderness directly carry my imagination to the Renaissance era. Before the Renaissance liberated the thought of the public, most artworks focused to eulogize the holiness of God. The Renaissance successfully freed people from the shackles of theology and affirmed the value of human beings. Mona Lisa represented the highest art level of the Renaissance and became an important legacy for later generations to feel the spirit of the Renaissance. In this paper, I argue that Mona Lisa was a representative artwork of the humanism spirit of the Renaissance.
His work for the Sistine chapel brought him fame. Some of his greatest work that has brought inspiration to lasting generations includes The School of Athens (1509), the Sistine Madonna (1512), Madonna del Granduce (1505). Titan (1488-1576) has also had work that has inspired ideas for people. “Titian was a leading artist of the Italian Renaissance who painted works for Pope Paul III, King Philip II of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.” (Titan Biography, 2016). Some of his greatest works include the Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (1516), Assumption of the Virgin (1518), and the most famous The Worships of Venus (1519).
He inspired many other artists of his time to use these same techniques in their artwork. The use of perspective and lighting is evident in all of da Vinci’s paintings such as The Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. If Leonardo would have worked more swiftly, he would have never made such a great contribution to the way artists worked then and even still
These three windows represent the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Both Jan van Eyck and Fra Angelico were revered artists for the advances in art that they created and displayed for the world to see. Their renditions of the Annunciation were both very different, however unique and perfect display of the typical styles used during the Renaissance. Jan van Eyck’s panel painting Annunciation held all the characteristics of the Northern Renaissance with its overwhelming symbolism and detail. Fra Angelico’s fresco Annunciation grasped the key elements used in the Italian Renaissance with usage of perspective as well as displaying the interest and knowledge of the classical arts.
Some of the greatest artists of their times were Matisse and Leonardo Da Vinci. This paper thus aims at finding out the similarities and differences in the artistic works of both Leonardo and Metisse bearing in mind the overlap and discrepancy in time frame within which the two artists lived. Leonardo Da Vinci was born around 1452 and died in 1519. Throughout his life time, he was a painter, architect, musician, a sculptor, geologist, cartographer, mathematician, engineer, inventor, botanist, anatomist, and a prolific writer who enjoyed using words and paintings to describe his artistic works. All these features used to describe Leonardo shows that he was indeed an Italian polymath whose personality and intelligence were immeasurable.
The Mona Lisa, a painting created sometime between 1503 and 1506 by Leonardo da Vinci, is one of the most celebrated, extraordinary, paintings in the world. This is an excellent example of an artwork that demonstrates the process of continuous reproduction. The Mona Lisa became a revolutionary ideology of mass media in popular culture. In this case study discussion, the Mona Lisa oil painting will be used as an example of reproduced works, how the painting developed its prestigious reputation, and how it has dramatically influenced society and culture throughout modernity. Artwork is created and displayed in many institutions and public places within today’s society such as in art galleries, museums, and libraries.