Art Appreciation Unit 3 Discussion Board
American Intercontinental University
June 24, 2013
Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci were considered masters of the arts. Both men communicated their visions through their works or masterpieces. I will attempt to compare and contrast two works of art, one by Michelangelo and the other by Leonardo.
The masterpiece I chose from Michelangelo Buonarroti is The Last Judgment. This work was painted on the alter wall of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. Michelangelo started this work in 1508 and finished in 1512. (Art and the Bible, nd) It represents the second coming of Christ and the final judgment of God. The picture presents Christ as judge and condemns everyone on his left to eternal fire, as he raises those on his right to heaven to be with the saints and angels. The picture radiates out from the center figure of Christ. Originally all the people were painted naked, but after quite a bit of controversy they were painted over with veils and loincloths. The Last Judgment is monochromatic and flesh tones and sky colors dominate the work. Yellow, orange, green and blue are scattered throughout the painting. Michelangelo focuses on the action of human creatures quite different than Leonardo’s emphasis on perspective such as birds in flight. His art enhances the naturalism and he had a great skill at portraying profound emotions that make this painting striking. The painting is sort of obscure and has many different meanings. (Michelangelo’s Last Judgment: The Response)
The second work of art I chose is the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. He started this masterpiece in 1503 and finished it in 1506. It was painted with oil paints and it was painted on wood. Leonardo was one of the most famous painters of all time. The Mona