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The Artists of the High Renaissance

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The Artists of the High Renaissance High Renaissance, that period of art at the beginning of the sixteenth century, has been referred to as one of the great explosions of artistic and creative genius in history. Most notable it seems, for producing three of the greatest artists in history: Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, and Raphael, the High Renaissance was referred to as such not only because it was a period of great and high art, but equally so, because it was essentially the culmination of the cycle of art which preceded it, known as the Early Renaissance. "Renaissance" stems from the French verb "naitre," meaning "to be born". Thus, the Renaissance would forever be known as the "rebirth" of critical artistic thoughts and ideals. Emerging from the much more gothic and religious period that came before, the Renaissance would most certainly prove to be one of the most enlightened periods in art and thought that history would ever see. ...read more.


There was also of course, Raphael who painted The Agony in the Garden, Michaelangelo, and his Sistine Chapel, and Da Vinci's enigmatic Mona Lisa. Raphael was a master painter and architect of the Italian High Renaissance. He lived from 1483-1520. He is most famous for his paintings of Angels and Madonnas, of which he painted over 300 in his lifetime. Raphael also painted portraits including one of Pope Julius II. Michaelangelo is said to have been the absolute greatest artist of his time. He is of course most famous for his painting of the vaulted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, which was done between the years 1508 and 1512, but he was a sculptor, and an architect as well, and also has a very famous sculpture of David. Leonardo Da Vinci was not only an artist, but a man of many talents. Painter of Mona Lisa, and of the Last Supper. He was also a sculptor, an architect, and a man of science who did serious investigations into the natural and physical sciences, mathematics, mechanics, and engineering. ...read more.


He was an Italian draftsman and painter who lived from 1486 to 1530, and was known for his fluent elaboration of the High Renaissance style and the natural expression of emotion in his mainly religious works. He used patches of colored light and shade to shape forms, rather than conceiving painting as colored drawing. His style is beautifully expressed in the paintings Head of the Madonna and The Last Supper. Cigoli, like many of his contemporaries, was a painter and architect born in 1559 and dying in 1613. As an architect he was a student and helper of Buontalenti: executed the works of outstanding elegance in Florence and in Rome. is most famous works were realized between Florence and Rome, such as Martirio di Santo Stefano (1597). Though the period of his work fell somewhat outside the timeframe of the High Renaissance, the style still coincides with that of the High Renaissance artists. These are just a handful of the artists who were an important part of the High Renaissance. There are certainly many more, and each added his own style to the realm and scope of true High Renaissance art. ...read more.

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