Three High Renaissance Masters Term Paper by Nicky

Three High Renaissance Masters
An overview of the lives and artwork of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael.
# 148937 | 990 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 15, 2011 in Art (Artists)

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The paper first discusses Leonardo da Vinci who is known as the painter of the "Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper", and describes how he was also an inventor, architect, engineer and mathematician. The paper points out that he never married and often lived alone. The paper then looks at Michelangelo's artwork and his engineering feats and how he also tended to live alone. Finally, the paper turns to Raphael's paintings and architectural designs and discusses his personal life and relationships with women.

From the Paper:

"Leonardo da Vinci is known as the painter of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, two great works of art that are still extremely popular today. However, he was also an inventor, architect, engineer, mathematician, and much more. He created early versions of the armored tank, the helicopter, and much more, and he is known as much for his inventions and scientific study as he is for his works of art. People are still fascinated by him and his works, as one historian notes. He says, "If he fascinates us so much, is it not also because he is the very archetype of the Renaissance genius, an individual who embodies that great intersection of art and science?" (Regnier, 2006). Leonardo lived a long life, but he only left behind a small amount of artwork, often because he would experiment with new techniques that did not stand up to time. Another of his works that has lasted into modern times is St. John the Baptist, and it was popular even when he first created it in 1500.
"Da Vinci's life was made up of creating artwork, usually commissioned by the leading citizens of Florence and other cities, and usually this artwork was created for display in a church or cathedral. When he was not creating art and sculpture, he was designing and inventing all types of items, and creating notebooks that chronicle his work. He never married, and records indicate that his mother may have lived with him in his old age. He often lived alone, or accepted commissions and lodging from residents where he was working."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • D'Elia, U. R. (2006). Drawing Christ's blood: Michelangelo, Vittoria Colonna, and the aesthetics of reform. Renaissance Quarterly, 59(1), 90+.
  • Hoeniger, C. (2007). Raphael and the beautiful banker: The story of the Bindo Altoviti portrait. Renaissance Quarterly, 60(2), 540+.
  • Regnier, T. (2006, Summer). Leonardo's mystery: An interview with Umberto Eco. Queen's Quarterly, 113, 168+.

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