Leonardo DA VINCI (b. 1452, Vinci, Republic of Florence [now in Italy]--d. May 2, 1519, Cloux, Fr.), Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. His Last Supper (1495-97) and Mona Lisa (1503-06) are among the most widely popular and influential paintings of the Renaissance. His notebooks reveal a spirit of scientific inquiry and a mechanical inventiveness that were centuries ahead of his time.

The Adoration of the Magi 1481-82 (200 Kb); Yellow ochre and brown ink on panel, 246 x 243 cm (8 x 8 ft); Uffizi, Florence

Cracow Madonna Litta c. transferred from panel.Lady with an Ermine 1483-90 (150 Kb). Hermitage. Petersburg .4 x 39. Czartoryski Museum. 1490-91 (150 Kb). Oil on wood. St. 53.3 cm (21 x 15 1/2 in). Tempera on canvas. 42 x 33 cm (16 1/2 x 13 in).

Milan Portrait of Mona Lisa (1479-1528). the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. Musee du Louvre. 460 x 880 cm (15 x 29 ft). 1503-06 (150 Kb). Oil on wood. 77 x 53 cm (30 x 20 7/8 in). Fresco.The Last Supper 1498 (180 Kb). also known as La Gioconda. Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Refectory). Paris .

5 x 120 cm (6 x 4 ft). National Gallery. 189.The Virgin of the Rocks 1503-06 (140 Kb). Oil on wood. London .

Accademia. painter. Feb. architect. -.Michelangelo. Venice MICHELANGELO In full MICHELANGELO DI LODOVICO BUONARROTI SIMONI (b. I cannot live under pressures from patrons.5 cm (13 1/2 x 9 5/8 in). Rome). from Vitruvius's De Architectura (60 Kb).Study of proportions. 34. 18. Italian Renaissance sculptor. Caprese. Pen and ink. Republic of Florence [Italy]--d. March 6. and poet who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art.3 x 24. quoted in Vasari's Lives of the Artists . let alone paint. 1475. 1564.

John the Baptist (the Doni Tondo) c. started in 1501 and completed in 1504 Michelangelo began work on the colossal figure of David in 1501. Uffizi. The choice of David was supposed to reflect the power and determination of Republican Florence and was under constant attack from supporters of the usurped Medicis. In the 19th century the statue was moved to the Accademia. Florence .34m/14 ft 3 in tall) was in place outside the Palazzo Vecchio. and by 1504 the sculpture (standing at 4. The Holy Family with the infant St. Tempera on panel.David Gigantic marble. 1503-05 (130 Kb). Diameter 120 cm (47 in).

Creation of the Sun and Moon The Creation of Man (Fragment of the Sistine Chapel ceiling) 1511-12 .

Raphael is best known for his Madonnas and for his large figure compositions . 1483.RAPHAEL Italian in full RAFFAELLO SANZIO (b. April 6. April 6. Rome. master painter and architect of the Italian High Renaissance. Urbino. 1520. Duchy of Urbino [Italy]--d. Papal States [Italy]).

in the Vatican in Rome. life pulsates everywhere. Lives of the Artists Maddalena . the flesh palpitates.Vasari. those of Raphael are living things. every organ lives. While we may term other works paintings. the breath comes and goes. His work is admired for its clarity of form and ease of composition and for its visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. -.

Florence St. Washington . George Fighting the Dragon 1504-06 (220 kB). 1505 (110 kB). 84 x 55 cm (33 x 21 1/2 in). National Gallery of Art. Palazzo Pitti.5 cm (11 1/8 x 8 3/8 in). 28.Madonna dell Granduca c. Oil on wood.5 x 21. Oil on wood.

George Fighting the Dragon 1505 (180 kB).St. 295 x 225 cm (116 x 88 1/2 in). Oil on wood. Fresco. 1512-14 (170 kB). 30 x 26 cm (12 x 10 1/4 in). Rome . Villa Farnesina. Musee du Louvre. Paris The nymph Galatea c.

Washington . 1515 (120 kB). Oil on wood. 60 x 44 cm (23 1/2 x 17 1/4 in). National Gallery of Art.Bindo Altoviti c.

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