Three of the most important Renaissance artists were Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo. These were all very accomplished artists who sought to perfect their works in different ways.
Leonardo da Vinci was a painter, sculptor, scientist, architect and mathematician. He was an ideal Renaissance man. He was able to multitask and work on different activities. He was very accomplished.
His first known work was a pencil and ink sketch of the Arno valley. But he is best known for the Mona Lisa.
This painting took him a long time to make. It was meant to be his masterpiece.
The Last Supper was another of Leonardo’s masterpieces. It depicted the twelve apostles and Jesus eating the Last Supper. The apostles are wondering who will be the one to betray Jesus.
Botticelli was an Italian painter who grew up in Florence, Italy. He was apprenticed to a master craftsman at the age of fourteen.
His paintings were mostly centered on the minimal contrast between light and shadow, the blending of the two as much as possible without blurring the picture.
One of his most famous works was Primavera. It was painted in 1482 and it depicts the coming of spring.
Another famous work was the Birth of Venus. This depicted the birth of the Roman goddess of beauty, Venus.
Michelangelo was born in the outskirts of Tuscany, Italy. He was a painter, sculptor and architect. Although he preferred sculpting, his other talents were equally good, as we see in his paintings.
Probably his most famous work was the seventeen foot tall statue of David.
This was an unfinished work by another artist and Michelangelo was commissioned to finish it.
The ceiling of the Sistine chapel was another of Michelangelo’s great works.
These were commissioned by the pope.
Michelangelo planned and started the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, but he died before it was completed.
These artists are examples of the blossoming art of the glorious Renaissance. These three were some on the main artists of that time period. Others like Raphael and Tiziano, although less known, were still very accomplished.