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Leonardo da Vinci [500 YEARS] A CULTURAL ICON.
— Leonardo da Vinci
In The Beginning
Michelangelo, a contemporary of da Vinci, was also an artist enslaved by the Catholic Church, using their talents to provide art, architecture, and scientific advance to the religious rich. Although less recognized at the time, it could be said that the two original Renaissance Men were also the world’s first journalists, focusing their attention on reality and fact, more than the earlier, Greeks, who were consumed more by fantasy and philosophical thought.
“Creation” (Sistine Chapel ceiling)
b/ Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1508)
For Pope Julius II
Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance born in the Republic of Florence, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Considered by many the greatest artist of his lifetime, and by some the greatest artist of all time, his artistic versatility was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance Man, along with his rival, the fellow Florentine and client of the Medici, Leonardo da Vinci.
A number of Michelangelo’s works are among the world’s most famous, and defined what we describe today as “ICONIC.” Given that he was something of a religious slave, working for the Catholic Church, he was, from the beginning of his career, most productive. Everything from scientific and anatomical sketches, painting, sculpture, and writings, Michelangelo is by far, the best-documented 16th-Century artist. Two of his best-known works, the Pietà and David, were sculpted before he was thirty years old, and despite expressing a low opinion of painting, he also created two of the most influential frescoes in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and The Last Judgment on its altar wall. His design of the Laurentian Library pioneered what’s called Mannerist architecture.
St. Peter’s Basilica
The Vatican (Michelangelo for Pope Julius II)
“Slave To Love” b/ Brian Ferry
At the age of 74, Michelangeolo succeeded Antonio da Sangallo, the younger architect of St. Peter’s Basilica. He transformed the plan so that the western end and the dome reflected his Architectural vision.
“Mona Lisa” b/ Nat King Cole
Leonardo da Vinci
April 15, 1452 / May 2, 1519
One Giant Step
— Prehistoric Dinosaur Footprint
(the study of fossilized footprints)
Looking To The Past / Looking To The Future / The Present
The Da Vinci Code
The Red Violin
— “David” b/ Leonardo da Vinci
the art of observation
Mapping the Stars
Leonardo da Vinci has been called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time, despite no more than 15 of his paintings having survived time.
Born out of wedlock to a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman, Caterina, in Vinci, in the region of Florence, Italy, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Italian painter Andrea del Verrocchio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in the service of Ludovico il Moro in Milan, and he later worked in Rome, Bologna and Venice. He spent his last three years in France, where he died in 1519.
Leonardo is renowned primarily as a painter. The Mona Lisa is the most famous of his works and the most popular portrait ever made. The Last Supper is the most reproduced religious painting of all time and his Vitruvian Man drawing is regarded as a cultural icon as well. Salvator Mundi was sold for a world record $450.3 million at a Christie’s auction in New York (November 15, 2017), the highest price ever paid for a work of art. Leonardo’s paintings and preparatory drawings—together with his notebooks, which contain sketches, scientific diagrams, and his thoughts on the nature of painting—compose a contribution to later generations of artists rivalled only by that of his contemporary Michelangelo.
“Venus” b/ Shocking Blue
Pompeii / Frescoes / Murals / Bath House Sex
Sin in the Shadow of Vesuvius
“Best Little Sex Village In Italy”
Art & Science