Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Timeless Masterpieces of The Great Masters- Michelangelo

Pieta (1499)

Ignudo (Sistine Chapel)

Sistine Chapel (Ceiling) (1508- 1512)

The Libyan Sybil (Sistine Chapel)

Statue of David (1504)

The Last Judgment

Chalk Portrait of Michelangelo
by Daniele da Volterra

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (March 6, 1475- February 18, 1564), commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man along with his rival and fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci.

Michelangelo's output in every field during his long life was prodigious, when the sheer volume of correspondence, sketches and reminiscences that survive is also taken into account, he is the best documented artist of the 16th century. Two of his best known works, the Pieta and the David, were sculpted before he turned thirty. Michelangelo was a profound perfectionist. If he found the tiniest flaw in one of his works, he considered it ruined.

Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475 in Caprece near Arezzo, Tuscany. Michelangelo, who was often arrogant with others and constantly dissatisfied with himself, saw art as originating from inner inspiration and from culture. For Michelangelo, the job of the sculptor was to free the forms that were already inside the stone. He died on February 18, 1564 in Rome at the age of 88.

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Tags: Timeless Masterpieces, Great Masters, Michelangelo, Pieta, Statue of David, Sistine Chapel, Art, Paintings

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Timeless Masterpieces of The Great Masters- Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa (1503-1505/1507)

The Last Suffer (1498)

Annunciation (1475-1480)

The Adoration of The Magi (1481)

The Virgin and Child With St. Anne and St. John the Baptist (1499-1500)

Virgin of The Rocks (1505-1508)

Self Portrait in red chalk circa 1512 - 1515

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452- May 2, 1519) was an Italian polymath, having been a scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. Born as the illigitimate son of a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman, Caterina, at Vinci in the region of Florence, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter, Verrochio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in the service of Ludovico il Moro in Milan. He later worked in Rome, Bologna and Venice, spending his final years in France at the home given to him by king Francois I.

Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the "Rennaisance man," a man whose seemingly infinite curiosity was equaled only by his powers of invention. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. He died at Clos Luce,' France on May 2, 1519.

Tags: Timeless Masterpieces, Great Masters, Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Rennaisance Man

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

Friday, September 5, 2008

Timeless Masterpieces of the Great Masters- Cezanne

Still Life With A Curtain (1895)

Jas de Bouffan (1876)

Montagne Sainte-Victoire (1882- 1885)

L'Estaque (1883- 1885)

The Cardplayers (1892)

Boy in a Red Vest (1888- 1890)

Paul Cezanne - Self Portrait (1875)

Paul Cezanne (January 19, 1839- October 22, 1906) was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose works laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th century conception of artistic endeavor to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. Cezanne can be said to form the bridge between the late 19th century impressionism and the early 20th century's new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism. The line attributed to both Matisse and Picasso that Cezanne "is the father of us all" cannot be easily dismissed.

Cezanne's works demonstrate a mastery of design, colour, composition and draftsmanship. His often repetitive, sensitive and exploratory brush strokes that build up to form complex fields, at once both a direct expression of the sensations of the observing eye and an abstraction from observed nature. The paintings convey Cezanne's intense study of his subjects, a searching gaze and a dogged struggle to deal with the complexity of human visual perception. He died on October 22, 1906.

Tags: Timeless Masterpieces, Great Masters, Paul Cezanne, Post Impressionism,
Cubism, Paintings

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

Monday, September 1, 2008

Timeless Masterpieces of the Great Masters- Renoir

Le Grenouillere (1868)

Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette (1876)

The Theater Box (1874)

On The Terrace (1881)

The Swing (La Balancoire) (1876)

Girls at the Piano (1892)

Portrait of Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (February 25, 1841- December 3, 1919) was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that "Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau."

Renoir experienced his initial acclaim when six of his paintings hung in the first impressionist exhibition in 1874. Renoir's paintings were notable for their vibrant light and saturated color, most often focusing on people in intimate and candid compositions.

In 1919, Renoir visited the Louvre to see his paintings hanging with the old masters. He died in the village of Cagnes-sur-Mer, Provence-Alpes-cote d'azur on December 3, 1919.

Tags: Renoir, Timeless Masterpieces, Great Masters, Impressionism
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
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