1 Thesis statement
Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were two outstanding artists, who had made a considerable impact on the development of Italian and European art due to innovativeness of their art and perfection which they had reached in their artistic works.
B Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgment”¯
“The Last Judgment”¯ is the depiction of the vision of the final day, the judgment day of the artist that reveals the innate fear of the artist in face of the judgment day, when people expect for their last judgment.
C Leonardo’s da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”¯
The artist depicts the last supper of Jesus Christ. In contrast to Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgment”¯ Jesus and his disciples are calm and feel no fear, although Jesus is aware of his fate.
D Michelangelo Sistine Chapel ceiling
The Sistine Chapel ceiling represents the depiction of the creation, the downfall of man and the promise of salvation through the prophets and genealogy of Christ. In such a way, Michelangelo contrasts the divine nature of Christ and the downfall of man.
E Leonardo da Vinci “Annunciation”¯
“Annunciation”¯ is the depiction of the announcement of the birth of Christ to Mary that reveals the human nature of Christ in contrast to divine nature of Christ in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling.
F Michelangelo the Statue of David
The Statue of David is the manifestation of beauty of human body. This statue marks the revival of the classical, ancient Roman art. The Statue of David became one of the prominent points in the revival of classical art that had had a considerable impact on the development of Italian and European art.
G Leonardo da Vinci, “Mona Lisa”¯
“Mona Lisa”¯ stresses the human beauty but, in contrast to Michelangelo’s David, da Vinci focuses on female beauty. “Mona Lisa”¯ marks the progress of the Renaissance art as unique, original art, different from classical, ancient Roman art.
Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci had had a considerable impact on the development of Italian and European art in the Renaissance. On the one hand, Michelangelo tended to more classical forms, close to ancient art, whereas Leonardo da Vinci attempted to create progressive Renaissance works of art, which marked the overall progress of art. Both artists reached perfection in their art and their works became hallmarks of the Renaissance art that had influenced the further development of European art.