samedi 22 mars 2014

The Archetypal Renaissance Man Contenders

By Darren Hartley

The Genesis scenes mounted on the Sistine chapel ceiling and the Last Judgment painting on the Sistine chapel altar wall are two of the most influential fresco works in Western art history. These works are among the Michelangelo paintings and are found in Rome, where one can find the Sistine chapel. Despite Michelangelo's personal low opinion of painting, these works are well known all over the globe.

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simon was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer. He is not only known for his Michelangelo paintings but also for two sculptures made before he turned thirty. These are the Pieta and the David.

In his design of the dome for the Roman St. Peter's Basilica, Michelangelo used plaster as his main ingredient. In doing this, he started a classical architectural revolution.

Michelangelo is the best documented artist of the 16th century when the sheer volume of surviving correspondences, reminiscences, and Michelangelo paintings in the form of sketches are taken into account.

The title of the archetypal Renaissance man is referred for the individual whose continuous curiosity runs parallel with his inventive skills. Only two artists have been under consideration for this honor, Michelangelo and his fellow Italian and rival, Leonardo da Vinci. Michelangelo earned his berth for the title from his versatility in the disciplines of the highest order. This versatility Michelangelo was able to attain despite the low number of forays he made beyond the arts.

Among the most famous, most reproduced and most parodied portrait and religious paintings of all time are the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, two Da Vinci paintings and the Creation of Adam, one of many Michelangelo paintings. They occupy that unique position in the art world.

Considered as an Italian polymath, Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was best known for his Da Vinci paintings. A polymath was a person who has been a scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer in the span of his lifetime.

Among the iconic Da Vinci paintings is his drawing of the Vitruvian Man. Due to Leonardo's constant, and frequently disastrous experimentation with new techniques, together with his chronic procrastination, only fifteen Da Vinci paintings experienced survival.

As far as contributions to later generations of artist, Da Vinci and Michelangelo find themselves rivalling one another once again. As far as Da Vinci is concerned, his contribution consists of the surviving Da Vinci paintings, together with his notebooks of drawings, scientific diagrams and personal insights on the nature of painting.

The earlier Da Vinci paintings were products of an education in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter, Verrocchio.

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