Cinquecento's Biggest In High Renaissance Art

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What comes to mind when you think of art? The definition of art straight from a dictionary is an “expression or application of human creative skill and imagination”. Now the basic concept of art is creativity so, then by that logic High Renaissance art must be pretty extraordinary. “The brief era historians call High Renaissance the quarter century between 1495 and the deaths of Leonardo de Vinci in 1519 and Raphael in 1520”(Kleiner 600). The three main artist of this time was Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci, and Raphael. “In Italy in the 1500s the Cinquecento the greatest art patron was the catholic church headed by the pope in Rome”(Kleiner 599). This was a major difference between the Quattrocento and Cinquecento because, Quattrocento biggest …show more content…

First and for most is Leonardo de Vinci who was born in Florence. He trained with and at the studio of Andrea del Verrocchio. De Vinci is said to be remembered as “Renaissance man”(Kleiner 601). He possessed talent in his art work but this was only on of his many interests in life. Even though his interest wasn't fully in the arts as mentioned in the book it helped him see a different perspective of life due to those experiences. “Exploration of optics provided him with a through understanding of perspective, light, and color”(Kleiner 601). As an artist these aspects of color and lighting have a huge impact of ones work. So the fact that he had an opportunity to experience life as something other than an artist helped him achieve great art work. A great example of his art was the Last Super. Religious or not you cannot deny the beauty of this message. “The artist scarified traditional iconography to pictorial and dramatic consistency by placing Judas on the same side of the table as Jesus and the other disciples”(Kleiner 603). This was a master piece who most likely started contradictions which is what art is all about, the concepts are different to each and everyone who sees …show more content…

Like Leonardo he was a man of many talents. “Michelangelo is most famous today as the painter of the Sistine Chapel frescoes, he was also an architect, poet, engineer, and first and foremost, a sculptor”(Kleiner 609). A famous masterpiece of his was Pieta. “The theme Mary cradling the dead body of Christ in her lap was a stable in the repertoire of French and German artists”(Kleiner 610). The image go Mary holding Christ in her arms was such a beautiful painting. Another extrodanary piece of art was Tomb of Giuliano de Medici. This piece was so detailed that it makes me wonder how did they have the equipment to create such work. Art work is so beautiful that the point of it is not only its presence but the message each and everyone of us gets when we look at

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