The Comparison Betweem Leonardo and Tintoretto's "The Last Supper"

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Carla Slaton July 20, 2014 Michael Prior/ HUMN 1101 Research Paper Leonardo and Tintoretto’s “The Last Supper” Baroque and Renaissance are two main eras in history. During these times different methods of skills were considerably progressive, like with music, architecture, paintings, and art. Throughout these times many masterpieces were created. This paper compares and contrasts two of these periods’ greatest artists’ paintings Leonardo da Vinci, “The Last Supper,” 1452-1519 (colorplate25) and Jacopo Tintoretto, “The Last Supper” 1518-1594 (colorplate33). Renaissance is a term meaning “New Birth.” This was an artistic crusade that occurred during the traditional and contemporary art periods (Johnson). Renaissance period began at the end of the 14th century and it extended all the way through half of the 16th century. However, it was the reawakening of the splendor of prehistoric Greece and Rome marked the commencement of the renaissance time period, beginning of the artistic era following the break-down of the dogmatic certitude of the Middle Ages (Charles). It transcended the constraints of traditional art and engendered painting pieces with progressive conceptions that portrayed the radical and gregarious conditions of the civilizations (Earls). Baroque Age was often thought of as a historical time of creative style. The word "Baroque" has been used since the 18th century to denote, poems, architecture, paintings literature and all else that is vibrant, excruciating and, to some ocular perceivers, astounding and incredible even uncomely (Earls). It began the age of scientific method of inquiry that laid to the foundation of the modern scientific age. The word Baroque means “a pearl of irregular system”. This age of art was a style full of life, strong passions, allegory, and refined qualities. The Baroque was truly the beginning of the modern age.

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