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Michelangelo and Da Vinci paintings compared

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:

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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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The Madonna of the Carnation, ca. 1478-80
Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519)

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). The Madonna of the Carnation, ca. 1478-80. Oil on panel. 62 x 47.5 cm (24 3/8 x 18 11/16 in.).
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Leonardo Status: Madonna of the Carnation spent most of its existence being attributed to Andrea del Verrocchio. Modern scholarship has revised attribution in favor of Leonardo, based on the handling of the drapery and background scenery, the nearly scientific rendering of the carnations in the vase, and overall similarities between this composition and the (undisputed) Benois Madonna.

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Holy Family with St. John (Doni Tondo)

The Holy Family with Saint John (Doni Tondo) 1506 by Michelangelo Buonarroti, a painting made for Agnolo Doni is the only painting on wood which can be historically attributed to Michelangelo.The unique round frame called a tondo is decorated with the coat of arms of the Strozzi family (the family of the patron's wife Maddalena) and was designed by Michelangelo. This painting was to foment controversy upon its presentation to the Doni family not only for its somber and unique treatment of the holy family (normally Joseph would not be included in such a ...

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This solution provides a comparison and contrast of two Renaissance paintings of the Holy Family, one by Michelangelo and one by Da Vinci.