Middle Ages Through The Renaissance Essay

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The artwork of Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) and Leonardo da Vinci will be compared. This paper will discuss the different art forms and styles of these two artists. This paper will also talk about the content of the artwork.

The art work of Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) St. Paul Preaching at Athens is a diverse yet well-organized composition, as Paul preaches to the philosophically inclined Athenians and in the audience the pope is to the left of Paul (Frank & Preble). Raphael was an Italian painter and architect. This two dimensional art work was created in 1515. In St. Paul Preaches at Athens Raphael incorporated Humanism and Classicism in his artwork. ...view middle of the document...

The Virgin or Madonna of the Rocks is the first work that Leonardo executed in Milan. It addresses the theme of the Immaculate Conception; this being the belief that the Christ child was conceived without original sin on Mary's part (lairweb.org).
Leonardo has a noticeable fluidity in his style and form. Studies propose that people can notice a Leonardo artwork from the way he handles the angelic fineness, the treatment of hair and by the curves and lines in his work. In the Virgin of the Rocks, the arrangement floats gradually into one another (sfumato), a marvel of finishes creating the maximum elusive of evolutions amongst tones and shapes. This painting is done with oil colors on a wood panel.
Leonardo uses hints of Humanism, the use of Latin and Greek classics to accentuate humanity. Virgin of the Rocks, Leonardo uses a mixture of human form; the light exposes the gentle structures of the Virgin and the entertained angel’s faces and the skin of the two infants. Leonardo had great use of space, he didn’t use formal constructing; in this painting Leonardo conveys distance with the stroke of his hand through a tonal shade.
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