Compare And Contrast Leonardo And Raphael

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Elliott Gorman
Professor Cangelose
Art History 1304 N05
9 October 2017
Identify and Compare the works of two Artists - Leonardo and Raphael
“Art is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone will have their own interpretation.” - E.A. Bucchianeri. Art is a beautiful construct and it has been seen as such and shall continue to be seen as such for generations to come. History has seen a vast number of extremely talented Artists, and while art may take new forms, its integrity shall remain unshifted. Two men in specific have contributed to art and its history like no other; Leonardo Da Vinci and Raphael Sanzio da Urbino. Both of these men, considered masters of their talents, have conceived some of the World’s greatest artworks, but it is here that I would like to specifically examine, compare, and contrast the ideals of both man and his work in a self-portrait from each their own. Leonardo’s Portrait of a Man in Red Chalk and Raphael’s Portrait of a Young Man.
Leonardo and Raphael are perhaps two of the most interesting individuals in Art History. A man could spend a lifetime studying them and their works, and yet one would only be able to understand the complexity of their minds, but not the begging question of, “Who truly is Leonardo or Raphael?”. Perhaps, to begin to understand you might look deep into their art and view it, not as what you feel, but as what they felt. While art has always taken new forms, an Artist’s personality is always seen manifested in his or her work.

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