The Italian Renaissance is known for its important and revolutionary painters. They were talented and had emotion and depth in their paintings, which some artists cannot even compare to them. The three most legendary artists are Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael. All these extraordinary artists come from the High Renaissance. The High Renaissance was basically a time period that had a style of depth, emotion; it has elements that were very new and made the picture look three-dimensional. This time period was during the fifteenth-sixteenth century, where, many of the world’s greatest painters accomplished their achievements. The art in the Italian Renaissance is different from other time periods because they combined religion, with math and science. This was not something common, and the fact that they allowed, religion to be associated with math and science was what made the Italian Renaissance very significant.
One of the first legendary painters was Leonardo da Vinci, who lived from 1452 to 1519. Many people are familiar with this name due to his marvelous painting of the Mona Lisa. He is also known for his mysterious picture, The Last Supper. In all his paintings he shows elements painters in the modern world would not have. He shows depth in his background views, different emotions are shown on different figures, and everything is detailed. Even though his paintings usually focused on the main figure it was hard to ignore the landscape. Leonardo concentrates on what his picture is going to be about. Each picture usually has a religious story behind it. Each picture has a reason, ethic, or theme. In the High Renaissance art was represented as worship. It was a type of prayer to their god. That is why churches were covered with art. Leonarda da Vinci’s art always reminded people to follow their religion. It was a religious spirituality that was represented through art. Leonardo’s wisdom, perspective, and studies are always shown through his paintings.
Michelangelo Buariarroti who lived from 1475 to 1564 was a very famous painter, sculptor, and architect. Julius II gave him many important projects. He was known as the father of painting at the time. He had a high order and position in the world of painting. He made many valuable projects such as the Statue of David. The statue of David shows the perspective and illusion of his work. This statue was a symbol of Florentine freedom. It was made out of fine marble. He also worked on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. It took him about four years to do this project. The ceiling shows different figures from the bible. At the same time he was working on the Pope’s tomb, which took him forty years because he was assigned with so many projects. He also had to handle many projects since he was the Chief architect of Saint Peters cathedral. He had rivalries with Raphael and Leonardo. He always wanted to do better than them.
Raphael came along in 1483 and his life ended in 1520. Raphael was lucky enough to be trained to paint, as his father encouraged it. Raphael was known for his portraits. Many rulers had called him to make portraits of them. His portraits had depth and emotion too. They made the rulers look real and powerful. One of Raphael’s most famous works was the Stanza Della Sengnatora. He painted most of the walls in the rooms of this cathedral. Each wall represented a specific subject of knowledge. The Vatican showed theology, philosophy, poetry, and jurisprudence. They specifically represented the schools of thoughts for the Athens, but were looked at as generally. He is also known for his famous painting of the Madonna and Child. His paintings show his study of analogy and movement, his impressions of human faces, and his pure nature.
Many people think that the Renaissance is only known for its male artists. Most of the female artists weren’t well known or they changed there profession. There were a few who have lived up to their name. One of them was Sofonisba Anguissola who lived from 1532 to 1625. Her sister Lucia Anguissola was also a famous female artist, but died at an early age. She was amongst the very talented daughters of her encouraging father. Her father encouraged all his daughters to become painters, which is why they went to an art school. She took art very seriously and studied it the way any other man would have. Even though, it was thought to be disliked for women to look at nude pictures she still studied and painted it. She never let her gender make a difference in the way she studied art. She was known for her self-and family portraits. She had a very good relationship with Michelangelo. She would show him, her pictures, and was commented by him! She was so talented, that she got transferred to the Spain court where she painted for the court officials. She became very wealthy and never stopped painting even though she started losing her vision.
Another important female artist was, Marietta Robusti , who lived from 1560 to 15 90. She was the eldest daughter of a famous artist nick named Tintoretta. His real name was Jacob Robusti. She followed her father’s footsteps. She was so devoted to art that, she dressed like a boy when she was a child, so she could travel with her father and see him do art for officials. She started painting at a young age due to, the influence of her father. She loved art with a passion and did everything she could to watch her father paint. She shared the same depth and emotion in her paintings. She was also known for her self-paintings. She was offered to paint for court officials but her father said no. He did not allow her because they had such a close relationship and he did not want to see her leave. Unfortunately, she died at a young age. She was among the legendary female painters such as Lavinia Fontana and Diana Scultori Ghisi.