He used these observations to depict realism in his art, and he used his imagination and skill to make his paintings as real and lifelike as humanly possible. With sculpture Leonardo believed there were limits, with painting, he had endless possibilities, and with these endless possibilities at his fingertips he could add certain symbols, and characteristics. One of these things was geometric shapes, they were a staple of the renaissance and a common theme in Leonardo’s paintings. Often times a triangle can be seen, which is a universal sign of the holy trinity. Another detail Leonardo would add is something a little more humanistic; he would give each being their own personal traits and facial features.
Between 1600–1606 he was considered the “Most famous painter in Rome In 1599 Caravaggio was contracted to decorate the Contarelli Chapel in the church of San Luigi dei Francesi with two works, the Martyrdom of Saint Matthew and Calling of Saint Matthew. With the installation of the St. Matthew paintings in the Contarelli Chapel had an immediate impact among the younger artists in Rome, and Caravaggism became the cutting edge for every ambitious young painter. Caravaggio went
The term Renaissance means rebirth which is very fitting for this era because it represents a cultural rebirth of Classical art, new artists of Renaissance looked to earlier classical artist and incorporated more light and color into their work so that their work would look almost life like. During the 14th century is when the first Renaissance artist emerged there were Renaissance artist prior to the 14th century however the art was just not well known. Donatello was one of the first Renaissance artist he competed in the 14th century against 6 other artists. After this Donatello was considered one of the greatest sculptors of early Renaissance. Many artist contributed to the early Renaissance.
Van Eyck had the courage to reject completely not only attractions of Gothic linear decoration but also the flat drawing in gold which formed the background of the Franco- Flemish painters and miniaturists, and substituted for them the closer or more distance view or a landscape or interior”. (Abrams 13) It is said that if you wanted to become a professional Artists or sometimes even work in the Courts for wealthy Kings, you had to have years of training, possibly by a School of Master of the Arts. “During the 14th century painters in Flanders still worked in the French miniature style. This was transformed into a brilliant school of national art in the 15th century by Hubert and Jan van Eyck, who made Bruges the first centre of Flemish art. Other schools arose in Tournai, Ghent, and Louvain.” (http://www.talktalk.co.uk/reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0001335.html).
Leonardo used everything he learned from nature and science to paint. He used shadowing effects to make these painting look solid and life like Leonardo was primarily as a painter. Leonardo Da Vinci is renowned for his artistic talent, having completed two of the most well know pieces of art recognized today. Mona Lisa is the most famous and most parodied portrait. The Mona Lisa is a portrait of a woman who is wearing a dress and a heavy cloak made out of a velvety material.
Sistine Chapel Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, during the Renaissance period, there were many great artistic achievements that were incredible. Michelangelo Buonarroti was one of the most famous personalities from this era. He was an accomplished artist, sculptor, architect, and poet who created many astounding works. Some of his great accomplishments were his sculptures of David and the Pieta. He is probably most remembered for painting the ceiling at the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
Verrocchio was born to Michele di Francesco Cioni in Florence in 1435 and died in 1488 in Venice. During his short life, he had several students, including both the famous Leonardo da Vinci and Lorenzo de Credi. His work also influenced Michelangelo, another famous Italian Renaissance painter and sculptor. Andrea del Verrocchio was known for many famous paintings, and sculptures such as Christ and St. Thomas, but it was believed that he had reached the pinnacle of his career as an artist through his work on this particular piece. In fact, a widely spread story believed among the common folk was that del Verrocchio felt himself out painted by da Vinci upon completion of Baptism of Christ and vowed never to pick up the brush again.
All this information and observation plays an important part so that the photographer can make a sensitive image. I always read a great deal about the person I'm going to photograph. I imbue myself with their contribution to the world” (Bishop, Karsh, “Paris Voice”). Everyone was impressed with his amazing choice in lighting. “Karsh would set up one or two lamps behind the subject to build up rim lighting, though in his case he brought the lamps further round to the sides than most people did”, (said by a history photo observer; Yousuf Karsh, Photo.net).
Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) is one of the most intriguing personalities in the history of Western art. Trained in Florence as a painter and sculptor in the workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio (1435–1488), Leonardo is also celebrated for his scientific contributions. Leonardo's curiosity and insatiable hunger for knowledge never left him. He was constantly observing, experimenting, and inventing, and drawing was, for him, a tool for recording his investigation of nature. Although completed works by Leonardo are few, he left a large body of drawings (almost 2,500) that record his ideas, most still gathered into notebooks.
He was good friends with Van Gogh and he painted with other great artists such as Cezanne and Pissarro. His art was also extremely influenced by Gauguin’s trip to Tahiti. Gauguin was very interested in painting the church and the cycle of life whilst using pure colors with thick black outlines. A perfect example of this is his painting is called “The Yellow Christ” This painting was designed as to be something new. It isn’t just about the form nor the color instead each are of equal importance.