Similarities Between Leonardo Da Vinci And Eyck

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Renaissance (1300-1700) is a period of great cultural change and achievement in Europe, and Italy is believed to be the birthplace of this “rebirth”.Thus, Italian Renaissance is commonly believed to be a great influence upon the Northern Renaissance. However, this new speculation about who might have influenced Leonardo da Vinci will make us question everything we thought we knew. The similarity between the Eve in Flemish painter Jan Van Eyck’s The Ghent Altarpiece (1432) and Mona Lisa (1503) is astounding. Is it possible that Italians were the ones who actually got inspired by the manifestations of the Northern Renaissance? The truth still remains a mystery. However, art historians are working hard to find a connection between Da Vinci and Eyck. The continuing exchange between Northern and Southern artists was already verified by the Italian painter Giovanni Santi. In addition, a new theory suggests that the Italian art theorist Bartolomeo …show more content…
Thus, there was a rediscovery of history, literature, philosophy, and the arts. Today, in order to have a better understanding of the Da Vinci Code, we are going to focus on the developments in art during Renaissance. Since both of our artist lived during the 15th century, we are especially going to discuss the prevailing ideas, and their influence on art, of the Early Renaissance. Naturalism and Humanism were the two leading ideas of this era. As a result, there was a transformation in the elements of art and art medium. Perspective, shadows and light became the most prominent elements of art, while oil-painting was developed, which is seen as the main innovation in Renaissance art. Naturalist Northerners are the innovators of the changes in art medium, and Humanist Italians are the enhancers of the prominent elements of art. What’s inexplicable is the similarities. Is it a coincidence, or did artists copy from each other. If so, who copied what from

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