Michelangelo vs. Leonardo Da Vinci

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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 Church was being attacked for the images it chose to use. After being attacked by its use of images, the churches came to an agreement on what images should look like. They agreed that images should be visually and theologically clear so that it could instruct believers. Artists during this time had to comply with the standards that were set forth by the church. With all of the uproar going on about the arts and its focus, Michelangelo decided to create The Last Judgment which portrayed a visual depiction of the controversies that were going on at that time. Michelangelo’s painting, the Last Judgment, is displayed in the Sistine Chapel above the altar.

The Central Figure of the Last Judgment was Christ, who was surrounded by nude figures. The picture depicted how Christ controlled the destiny of the spirits that surrounded Him. Because of the vivid imagination and the images Michelangelo used to define the differences between salvation and damnation, many artists indicated that Michelangelo was feeling sexual guilt

Michelangelo’s David was a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture that was created between 1501 and 1504. David was a marble statue of a naked man, which represented the Biblical hero, David. This statue was...
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