Essay on Medieval vs. Renaissance Art
Leonardo da Vinci lived from 1452 to 1519. He was a “man of many talents. He was an architect, engineer, painter, sculptor, and scientist” (Modern World 166). One of da Vinci’s most famous paintings was the portrait of the Mona Lisa, which was painted in 1503. Another one of the works he is known for is The Last Supper, which was completed in1497. His paintings were mathematically organized. He kept miraculous sketches of the human body, trying to calculate how the human body worked, and his sketches helped him improve and strengthen his work (Modern World 166).
Michelangelo was also an important Renaissance artist. He lived from 1475 to 1564. He has been considered the “greatest sculptor in history. He was a master of portraying the human figure” (World Book 236). Frescoes painted by Michelangelo, created between the years of 1508 and 1512, are prime examples of the Italian Renaissance’s master pieces of art. Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican in Rome, which is where the Catholic Pope resides. Another of his famous works is the sculpture of the biblical figure, David (Modern World