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paintings (or artifacts) of Leonardo Da Vinci and Andy Warhol

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Using a series of questions, Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" and Andy Warhol's "Marilyn Monroe" are compared and contrasted in three spheres of influence: historical political-social climate, rendering of the artifacts (paintings), and the aesthetic. Conclusions are left to the discretion of the observer.

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There are three areas, or spheres of influence, in which to compare and contrast the paintings (or artifacts) of Leonardo Da Vinci and Andy Warhol: The historical political-social, the rendering (or production), and the aesthetic. Aesthetic influences and results are the most ambiguous and subjective, therefore, it is advantageous to look at the historical first.

Note the historical setting for Da Vinici and his rendering of the "Mona Lisa."
° Who were the patrons of art and how did that affect the artist's work?
° Who commissioned the portrait in this case and why?
° What were the available materials of that time and how did that influence the
construction of the artifact?
° How did the political-social sphere of influence affect art making in general and Leonardo
in particular? (Note the patron system.)
° Was Da Vinici making a "statement" about his political-social sphere, or is that a purely
contemporary attitude?

Ask those same questions of Warhol and his painting of Marilyn Monrone.
°Was this a commissioned work and would ...

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