St Peter Museum of History and Arts
Exhibit: Renaissance Era Artwork
About Our Exhibit:
Be prepared to be taken back to the time of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. These famous artists are the main focus of the exhibit, and our museum has been fortunate enough to get several works of their art to put on display. We invite you to come marvel at these truly unique and famous works of art.
Leonardo da Vinci
Our first spot lighted artist is Leonardo da Vinci. He was born in 1452 in the village of Vinci. Yes you guessed it, his name translates to Leonardo of Vinci. He began as an apprentice for a master painter in Venice, Italy. Soon after, he opened his own workshop and began his legacy. (1478) Da Vinci was not only an artist, but he was also an inventor and a scientist. They called him a true "Renaissance Man" because of his many talents. He was made famous for his painting "The Last Supper". We will be displaying this painting, as well as another that is almost a household name today, the "Mona Lisa."
The Last Supper
"The Last Supper" is a large mural painting that was done by da Vinci around 1495. It was painted in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, in Milan. Catholic influence was portrayed in many works of art during the Renaissance, since it was still such a large part of the culture. This painting portrays the scene of The Last Supper with Jesus and his disciples, as written in John 13:21 of the bible. This painting shows the reactions of the disciples as Jesus tells them that one of them will portray him.
In the Renaissance era, it was very uncommon for people to get portraits done. When they did though, it was to establish their wealth and power. The "Mona Lisa" was said to have been painted around 1503-1505. It is said to be the most well known painting in the world today. It has evolved into an icon of the Renaissance. It is thought that the "Mona Lisa" is a portrait of a wife of a Florentine merchant, so her gaise was supposed to belong to him.
Celebrity & Art: Leonardo's "Mona Lisa"
Michelangelo was born on March 4th, 1475 in Caprese Italy. He was an apprentice for both a painter and a sculptor. He was a sculptor, a painter, and an architect. He was also known as a "Renaissance Man". His artwork was greatly influenced by Catholicism, and was made famous by his sculpture, ¨The Statue of David¨. We will be displaying this statue, as well as his famous painting ¨The Creation of Adam¨.
The Statue of David
Michelangelo created this statue in about 1501-04. He sculpted it in the Cathedral of Florence. It was supposed to portray David before his battle with Goliath, which he won. Other sculptors had sculpted him after his victory, but Michelangelo was the first to show him before. This is what made him famous.
The Creation of Adam
The painting of the "Creation of Adam" is known as one of the most famous paintings in the world. It was painted for the Sistine Chapel in 1512. It's story shows God coming to earth and creating Adam, as taken from the Bible in the book of Genesis. The focal point in the picture shows God and Adam touching fingers, as in to show that Adam is coming from God.