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Comparison of Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti

Two criteria used to judge the quality of a work: craft (how well an artwork was made) and communication (the uniqueness of the artist's vision and its message or meaning). Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci were considered masters of these two qualities. Compare a work of art from each artist using the following for discussion:
- Post the images you have selected.
- Describe what each work intended to communicate. How does each of the works communicate its message?
- Describe SPECIFIC techniques that each artist used to convey meaning. For example: composition, color, perspective, chiaroscuro, idealism, sfumato, gesture, size, symbolism, allegory.
- Be sure to identify where these techniques are used in the works you discuss. You may use the Internet to find the artwork.


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Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519), Madonna Litta, c. 1490-91, tempera on canvas, transferred from wood panel, 16 1/2 x 13 inches (42 x 33 cm), Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. See sfumato. Retrieved from

Definition of sfumato: sfumato - In painting, the technique of blurring or softening sharp outlines by subtle and gradual blending (feathering) of one tone into another. The smokelike haziness of this effect slightly lessens the perception that a still image is entirely still, instead lending a vague sense of movement. It is best known in the paintings of the Italian Renaissance artists Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) and Correggio (Antonio Allegri) (Italian, 1489-1534). Retrieved from

In this painting by Leonardo of the Madonna and Child, the mother Mary is gazing ...

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Discussion of two works by Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti - contrast, compare. Web-based resources, APA citations.