He used his paintbrush like a pen or a pencil to outline. He was more interested in making his paintings beautiful in a fantasy type of way. He died a lonely man having done little or no more painting in the last ten years. Who was this famous artist? Botticelli. Thoughtful and clever, Botticelli painted many famous masterpieces.
Knowing a masterpiece is first knowing a little bit about the artist behind the masterpiece. Sandro Botticelli was born in Florence, Italy and lived from 1445-1510. His real name was Alessandro Filipepi but he was brought up by his brother who nick-named him Botticelli meaning “little barrel”. The book Sandro Botticelli Life and Work by Ronald Lightbown talks about how Botticelli spent his entire life in Florence, experiencing some of the most common hardships that were expected during the fifteen century such as plague, flood, hard winters, and famine. Botticelli was a famous early Renaissance painter and is recognized for his well-known painting Primavera, which was known as the largest mythological painting of the Early Renaissance. This work has a humanistic nature and is said to reflect contemporary ...
Caravaggio was born as Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio in Milan on September 28, 1571. He is the only child of Fermo Merisi and Lucia Aratori. His father was a household administrator and architect-decorator to the Marchese of Caravaggio. Around 1576 the family moved to Caravaggio to escape a plague in Milan, but not long after they left in 1577 Caravaggio’s father died and in 1584 his mother died. In the same following year of 1584, Caravaggio became an apprentice of the Lombard painter Simone Peterzano (Caravaggio Biography). Then in 1588 with no money and shelter Caravaggio left for Rome. In Rome he work as an assistance to many painter that were not as talented like him.In 1595 Caravaggio was determined to make his own way and began selling his artwork through a seller. Caravaggio paintings soon caught the attention of Cardinal Francesco del Monte, who idolized his art work (Caravaggio).
These paintings are famous for a variety of qualities which have been much imitated by students and discussed at great length by aficionados and critics (“Leonardo Da Vinci.” Biography Online.) Among the qualities that make Leonardo's work unique are the innovative techniques which he used in laying on the paint, and his detailed knowledge of anatomy, light, botany and geology. These combined with his interest in physiognomy and the way in which humans register emotion in expression and gesture and his innovative use of the human form in figurative composition, blend with subtle gradation of tone (“Simplifying a Genius.”). All these techniques are evident his most famous painted works: the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper and the Virgin of the Rocks (“The Secret Revealed: How to Look at Italian Renaissance Painting.”
These are just a select few. He is considered one of the greatest artist of all time. Throughout his lifespan Leonardo created some of the world’s most recognized, admired, and famous artworks including: “The Mona Lisa,” and “The Last Supper.” He created over 50 artworks and manuscripts. Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” painted while he was in Milan, from around 1495 to 1498. A tempera and oil mural on plaster, “The Last Supper” was created for the refectory of the city’s Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Also known as “The Cenacle,” this work measures about 15 by 29 feet and is the artist’s only surviving fresco. “The Last Supper,” depicts the Passover dinner during which Jesus Christ addresses the Apostles and says, “One of you shall betray me.” One of the painting’s stellar features is each Apostle’s distinct emotive expression and body language. Its composition, in which Jesus is centered among yet isolated from the Apostles, has influenced generations of painters. Created somewhere between 1503-1506, the “Mona Lisa” is one of the greatest works of art to this date. The “Mona Lisa” is worldly famous for its enticing smile and mysteries that lie within the piece of art. The Mona Lisa is a representation of Da Vinci’s passion for art, his new discoveries, and willingness to try things new. When looking at the Mona Lisa, an immense part of its popularity came from the fact that the painting
Giovanni Bellini was born in Venice, Italy around 1430. He was the son of Jacopo Bellini, an esteemed painter at the time, and probably began his career along side his brother as an assistant in his father’s workshop. Though his artwork was influenced by many of his friends and relatives, Giovanni possessed certain qualities in his compositions which set him apart from the others. He blended the styles of both his father and brother-in-law, Andrea Mantegna, with his own subtle appreciation of color and light, the high regard he held for the detail of natural landscape, along with the very direct human empathy he placed in his painting. These components of Bellini’s personal style became foundational to the character of all Venetian Renaissance Art. Bellini later developed a sensuous coloristic manner in his work which became yet another characteristic he contributed to the Venetian Renaissance Art.
There were many famous artist back then. One of the most well-known artist was Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 near a village called Vinci. Vinci was located in Italy and was about twenty-five miles away from Florence (“Leonardo da Vinci Biography.”). His parents are Ser Piero da Vinci and Caterina. Ser Piero da Vinci was Leonardo’s father, his occupation was a notary. Caterina was Leonardo’s mother, she was just a local woman that no one really knew about. Caterina and Ser Piero were not married and Leonardo was the only child they had together. Leonardo was not only an artist but he had focused on other studies such as science and technology.
Amongst the several intellectual and artistic Renaissance individuals, this figure “saw the angle in the marble and carved until he set him free.” Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti learned his art while young and under the occupation of Lorenzo de Magnificent; his talent was pooled in different directions, but he applied himself to traditional religious matters with great devotion, although he had been increasingly attracted to the classical legends he heard at home. Michelangelo was born with talents beyond artistry; he is mostly known as being a painter and sculptor, but Michelangelo was also an architect, poet, and engineer.
Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 near a town of Vinci, Italy in a village called Anchiano. He grew up in a Tuscan Farm on the countryside where he was raised mostly by his father, Ser Piero a successful notary, and his stepmother. As a young boy Leonardo showed much interests in math, art, music and in nature
Leonardo (who was christened Lionardo, the name to which Vasari refers) was born near the small town of Vinci on 15th April 1452. The town was situated in the Florentine province of Italy, where his father, Ser Piero was a notary. According to Vasari, Leonardo was somewhat of a child prodigy in his studies, but he showed little commitment to one single area, constantly finding new interests in other subjects: