Da Vinci and Michelangelo

Leonardo Da Vinci:

Leonardo Da Vinci was a great man from the Renaissance. He is known to have contributed greatly to the Renaissance. He was a painter, engineer, sculptor, musician, inventor, mathematician, anatomist, geologist, astronomer, and philosopher.

He was born in the 15th of 1452 in Italy on the countryside of Florence. He was the bastard son of Ser Piero, a 25-year old notary, and a peasant girl, Caterina. Although he had all the rights to knowledge and family scripts, society and even his own half siblings regarded him as an outcast. Because of this, he had to work very hard to show his talent, and then, his family moved to Florence. In Florence, at the age of 14, Leonardo entered apprenticeship of a great artist by the help of his father. After this, he worked very hard to determine himself not only a great artist, but also many of the other things he was famous for.

Da Vinci was not influenced by many things or people at first, but was inspired. He was inspired to study anatomy, geology, medicine, engineering, mathematics, and botany from nature. As a young child, Leonardo was very curios and always wanted to learn how nature worked. It was because of this that he made many discoveries, for example, he saw a similarity in the way water would move in a stream like it did in veins. He noticed that veins would also bifurcate similar to the branches of a tree. Many of Da Vinci’s literary work have a lot about nature and careful studies on every aspect of it.

Da Vinci’s work was very famous and truly genius. He did many things like painting, sculpting, and engineering. His paintings are very famous and known for certain traits, for example, Mona Lisa, is a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, which is famous for its smile.

Some different mediums Leonardo Da Vinci used for his artwork was painting, drawing, sculpting and engineering. Some of his artwork included engineering as well. For paintings, he used a canvas and oil paint, paper was used for drawing, and bronze for sculpting.

Leonardo Da Vinci contributed to the renaissance by setting an ignorant and superstitious world on the course of reason, science knowledge and tolerance. At this point in time, he was internationally known for his inventions, his studies in science, engineering, architect, painting, sculpting, music, mathematics, anatomy, astronomy, geology, biology, and philosophy. Some of his innovative designs and inventions were flying machines, the parachute, submarines, diving suit, pumping mechanisms, water turbines, dredging systems, steam calorimeters, water-well drill, swing bridges, canals, leveling/surveying instruments, cranes, pulley systems, street-lighting systems, convection roasting spit, mechanical saw, treadle-operated lathe, compasses, contact lenses, and military weapons like the machine gun. He also contributed greatly with his anatomy and biology.

Mona Lisa

The Last Supper

The Baptism of Christ

Some great artwork by Leonardo Da Vinci was Mona Lisa, The Baptism of Christ, and The Last Supper. I think the paintings are great pieces of artwork and have a lot of detail in them. They look much more realistic and proportionately correct then artwork from the Dark Ages. I also think that the artwork had some meaning for Da Vinci to paint them. I understand that The Baptism of Christ was painted because it has religious meaning for Christians. But I do not understand why Mona Lisa or The Last Supper are famous and well-known other then the fact that they are very good pieces of artwork.

 Michelangelo Buinarroti:

Michelangelo Buinarroti was born on the 6th of March 1475, in a place called Caprese, near Florence in Italy. His father was a local magistrate in Caprese. A few weeks after his birth, Michelangelo’s family moved to Florence. In 1488, Michelangelo entered an apprenticeship under the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio.  He then lived in the house of the leading patron of arts in Florence, Lorenzo De’ Medici. Michelangelo was a very good painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer and he had a lot of influence on the development of western art.

Many things inspired Michelangelo, but to name one, it would be other artwork he had seen. He lived with The Medici family for a long time and was probably exposed to other artwork the Medici’s had.

Michelangelo’s artwork was very detailed and realistic. He made things like sculptures, paintings and frescos. It was a lot more different then artwork from the Dark Ages, because his artwork was proportionate and realistic.

Some mediums Michelangelo used for is artwork were canvases and oil paint for paintings. He used bronze for sculpting and he also made frescos, which were made on walls.

Michelangelo contributed greatly to the renaissance. He had a lot of surviving artwork and scritures. He was an architect, sculptor, poet, anatomist and engineer. Unlike Leonardo Da Vinci, he a lot of his artwork survived and a lot more of it was finished. There were still some imperfections in his work but they were still beautiful and breath taking.



The Last Judgement

I think that Michelangelo’s artwork is great and beautiful. It could be used in many places like town centers, palaces, churches, and many other places. Some of his great work is David, the statue, Pietà also a statue, and The Last Judgment, which is a fresco. I know that it looks very good and beautiful with a  lot of detail, but I do not understand why they were made.



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