Painting The Battle Of Anghiari

1765 WordsMar 24, 20178 Pages
This essay will attempt to establish a sufficient visual analysis of a painting. It will use the painting The Battle of Anghiari to identify an underlying feeling associated with the painting. The paper will also try to determine the emotions and message that may be associated with this piece of art. Also, use sources to show what Leonardo Da Vinci intended to show in this marvelous masterpiece. Additionally, incorporating the history and background of the time and place, establishing the purpose of this painting being created, and overall meaning. Furthermore, this essay will also give a description of the artistic style and technique to add to the many things the paper uses as support to back up the thesis. With all of these ideas and…show more content…
For clarification purposes, yes, The Battle of Anghiari was originally painted as a mural in the Hall of the Five Hundred. At first, the project was originally a conglomerate project with his rival Michelangelo, however, he would soon abandon the mural, leaving it all up to Leonardo. The painting was supposed to display an image during the Battle of Anghiari, with a group of soldiers and their horses, who were surprise-attacked by the enemy. The painting included the duke Filippo Maria Visconti and his servicemen of Milan, as they engaged in a furious clash against the Tuscany region. Da Vinci drew the scene as a violent clash of horses and men fighting to the death for the flag of Anghiari. It was said that this mural/painting would be one of Leonardo’s biggest and most substantial works, which would go to be very unfortunate as one can learn later. However, Leonardo would go to take extreme precautions with this painting, being that he used the same format of that with The Last Supper; Leonardo made sure that they he would not make the same mistakes he made with that painting. Therefore, Da Vinci was trying to ensure he would really make this one count, but one might ponder if this really would happen. Since the history and information behind why this painting was actually commissioned in the first place, what does the actual image of the painting display artistically?
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