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Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci

Two criteria are 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, citing SPECIFIC techniques that each artist used to convey meaning. For example: composition, color, perspective, chiaroscuro, idealism, sfumato, gesture, size, symbolism, allegory.

Be sure to discuss the specific 'points' of this question for each artist. You must explain how "craft" and "communication" function in each work of art. Use specific works of art as examples! Discuss how you determine "craft" and how the works you chose illustrate this quality. What techniques did the artist use? And where do we see them within the work? Discuss what "communication" means, and what the works communicate (and how they do it).

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Interesting comparison!

I will try to keep within your 2-4 paragraph length requirement, so please keep what fits. It is also important, however, to follow the details of your assignment, which asks that you specifically use course material, so please use the following response as a supplement to your course material, which together can be part of your final copy.

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1. Michelangelo Buonarroti (1465-1574)

Michelangelo Buonarroti is one of the greatest artists of all time, a man whose name has become synonymous with the word "masterpiece": Michelangelo Buonarroti. As an artist he was unmatched, and through creating works of sublime beauty, he communicated the full breadth of the human condition. He saw art as originating from inner inspiration and from culture (http://www.michelangelo.com/buon/bio-index2.html). Fresco paintings can be done in two ways: Buon fresco paintings are done on wet plaster, while a secco paintings are completed on dried plaster. The former is usually the more authentic form (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelangelo).

The Sistine Chapel (1508-1512):

By 1512, Michelangelo had painted over 300 of some of the finest pictorial figures and images of all times on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. In Fresco, on the vault of the ...

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Referring to work by Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci, this solution examines how "craft" and "communication" function in each work of art, using specific works of art as examples. It also discusses the criteria to use to determine "craft" and how the works illustrate this quality. It then explains the types of techniques that the artist used, as well as where we see them within the work. Finally, it discusses what "communication" means, and what the works communicate (and how they do it).

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