When artistry of the Renaissance is brought to mind, many people generally think of three fantastic artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo. These fantastic Renaissance men created a vast amount of talented work, however, since they produced such a high level of content it is best to focus on one item from each artist.
Leonardo da Vinci lived from 1452 to 1519. He is considered the quintessential Renaissance man as he occupied himself with endeavors such as painting, sculpting, architecture, mathematics, engineering, inventing, anatomy, geology, cartography, botany, writing, and he was a skilled musician. An incredible piece of art that he painted was The Last Supper. This painting depicts Jesus’s last supper on earth before his crucifixion. Leonardo skillfully portrays Jesus and his disciples’ just moments after Jesus announced that he would be betrayed. What is interesting about this piece is how da Vinci gives such life to such a still moment in life.
Raphael was an outstanding painter who lived from 1483 to 1520. Among his huge repertoire of art the transfiguration, which is his last painting, is perhaps his best. On the upper end of the painting we see the transfiguration of Christ, while on the bottom Jesus’s disciples attempt to exorcise a demon-possessed boy. Raphael beautifully incorporates colors into this painting, from the white light emitted by Jesus to the green, red, and blue, robes worn by the disciples and bystanders.
Michelangelo, who lived from 1475 to 1564, is another amazing artist of the Renaissance. While he believed that at heart he was truly a marble carver, he did paint some immaculate paintings. My favorite is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo was requested by the pope to complete this project. Painting the Sistine Chapel was no easy ordeal. It took Michelangelo four years to finish this painting, however, when it was finished it was and still remains truly one of the greatest pieces of art this world has ever seen. Countless scenes can be seen, but most notable is The Creation of Adam fresco.