Michelangelo vs. Leonardo Da Vinci Essay

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Michelangelo vs. Leonardo da Vinci
ART 101 Art Appreciation
August 15, 2011

The works of Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo influenced the art of the 16th century in Italy and Europe in many ways. Three of Michelangelo’s works such as: The Last Judgment, Pieta, and David were great works during his time. Leonardo da Vinci also contributed great works to the 15st century such as: The Last Supper, St. James in the Wilderness, and The Mona Lisa. Although there were some similarities in Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo’s works, their differences and uniqueness is what made their works great masterpieces of the 15th and 16th century. Michelangelo’s Last Judgment was painted between 1536 and 1541. During this time, the Catholic
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Michelangelo allowed his anger to get the best of him and proceeded to carve his name on the sculpture of Pieta. Leonardo da Vinci’s St. Jerome in the Wilderness was painted in 1480 but was never finished by Leonardo da Vinci. This painting resides in the Vatican Museum in Rome. In this painting, St. Jerome is living as a hermit in the Syrian Desert. Seated at St. Jerome’s feet is a lion who was considered to be his companion. This painting is famous because of its oblique trapezoid form.
A second well known painting of Leonardo is The Last Supper. This mural painting was painted in the 15th century during the years of 1495-1498. This painting is located in the dining hall at the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy.
This painting portrayed how the apostles acted when Jesus revealed to them that one of them would betray Him. The angles and lighting in the painting draws attention to Jesus. Many aspects of his paintings relates to Eastern expression such as Judas knocking the salt shaker over at the dinner table. In Eastern expression, this represents betraying one’s Master.
A third painting and one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous and celebrated works of all time is The Mona Lisa. This painting was created between the years of 1503 and 1519. There has been much

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