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    Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci were considered masters of these two qualities. Compare a work of art from each artist. Describe what each work intended to communicate, and discuss how the works communicate their messages. Discuss 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.

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    First of all, as you compare two pieces, I highly suggest the drawing entitled, "Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a Small Sketch for a Seated Figure (verso)," from Michelangelo Buonarroti. Its image for you to study is at http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/24.197.2

    Because of his use of such detailed anatomical presentation, you might look at his meticulous portrayal of the human figure. This piece shows his precision as he depicts even the tension of a figure's muscles. The varying sizes of the pieces on the page seem to merge together into a very heavenly effect.

    The use of color and materials with the red chalk is also quite interesting. Research shows that is used to "show a sublime softness and ethereal quality" (http://karlzipser.com/2006/03/michelangelo-drawings-real-or-fake.html).

    As you further look at elements such as composition, size, perspective, and other technical matters, you might note that he carefully emphasizes the contours of the sibyl's twisting back. His suggestion of a body in movement is definitely a unique touch in this piece. Critics also note that "Although drawn on the flat surface of a sheet of paper, Michelangelo's figure ...

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    Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci pieces are briefly compared.