Davinci vs Michaelangelo

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Leonardo Da Vinci vs. Michelangelo Kimberly Mira Art 101 Ins. Patricia Venecia-Tobin December 3, 2012 Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo were two of the greatest artists that ever lived. The works of these two artists influenced the art of the 16th century in Italy and Europe in many ways. I will be contrasting three of the greatest works of each of these talented and influential artists. Leonardo Da Vinci “Born a bastard and never formally educated, da Vinci explored all possibilities, in spite of the societal restrictions of 15th Century Italy. The labels "vegetarian" and "gay" didn't exist as we know them, yet they apply. He purchased caged birds from street vendors and set them free. He disdained war, yet designed military weapons. "He's captivated people for hundreds of years," says John Beckman, the museum's manager of temporary exhibits. "There's lots to wonder about." More than ever, that wondering extends beyond circles of scientists and creatives, thanks to a confluence of cultural events driven by the ever-growing phenomenon of "The Da Vinci Code." Da Vinci's impact on the arts existed long before Dan Brown's book and the Ron Howard movie. Generations of writers have used him in myriad ways, from sly references to plot-driving elements. "It's amazing, the amount of things Leonardo has wound up popping into over time," Beckman says. "I think that's cool. It speaks to the fact that there's been a public interest in him forever." With a mind that envisioned telescopes, helicopters and submarines centuries before they existed, da Vinci is naturally a favorite source for fantasy and science fiction authors. Well- developed versions of him appear in the satirical sci-fi of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels (da Vinci as Leonard of Quirm) and, amalgamated with Nostradamus, as Milo Giacomo Rambaldi in the labyrinthine TV show "Alias."
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