Various epochs and different countries gave birth to their prominent and famous artists. Each of them left their mark in the history of world culture and art. We cannot name any of them more ingenious, or better known than the other. They all inspire many people today. But still there are some names that are immortal, that everyone should know.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) – was born in Italy, in the town of Vinci. “Almighty genius” – so people say about people like Leonardo. Painter, sculptor, scientist, architect, military engineer, inventor of machines – he left brilliant works in all areas of human life. He lived his life uneasily and he often wandered. In Florence, he created his first work of art. And in 1517 he settled in the castle of Clos, where he worked for the King of France, and where he died. His paintings are the greatest treasure of mankind. His masterpiece Mona Lisa is the first in our list of 5 famous paintings of the world.
Tiziano Vecellio (1477-1576) – one of the great masters of the Italian Renaissance. All his long life, Titian painted paintings glorifying the beauty of the man, his strength and greatness. It is said that one day, the Emperor Charles V raised the brush that was dropped by Titian. Doing so, he said, “Titian deserves to be attended by everyone, even the King!”.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) – Spanish painter and sculptor, he was constantly looking for new ways in art. He was the author of a special direction in art – cubism. In the paintings of Picasso, the appearance of people sometimes seems unusual. But after looking at a picture of the talented artist, we feel what impressions were experienced by the artist while he was painting his masterpieces. And we feel the spiritual nature of a man who is depicted in the picture. Picasso works are world famous. It refers to the Girl on the ball, where a young gymnast is portrayed with love and care. And Guernica, the canvas showing the horror of death of the pieceful town under the bombs. And a wonderful Dove of Peace.
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) – Dutch painter. His deep religiosity, his sympathy for the outcast, his love for people and for God are embodied in his masterpieces.’Try to grasp the essence of what the great artists, the serious masters, say in their masterpieces’, – he wrote in July 1880, – ‘and you will again find God in them. One man has written or said it in a book, another in a painting.’ This psychological condition is manifested in the contrast of colors in his paintings, in intense brush strokes.
Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) – Italian painter, sculptor and architect. He created magnificent works of art sublimating humanity. Such, for example, are the magnificent frescoes decorating the arches and the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel - “The Creation”, “The Last Judgement”, and others. And when the enemy came to the hometown of Michelangelo, Florence, the artist without hesitation joined the ranks of the defenders, as a military engineer.
Knowledge of the great artists helps us navigate through the history of art and painting, to get familar with and understand the source of all art traditions, trends and genres. In addition, their lives and works inspire us to create our own works, boosts the desire to try oneself as an artist. Read on here to get a few tips that will help you to start to draw.