16th Century Art and Literature

Artists and Writers everywhere!

"Writing is the painting of the voice"- Voltaire

Art and Literature were very influential factors in the 16th century. There was many artists and writers who were very important and helped form literature and art into what it is today. They addressed issues at the time and allowed people to voice their opinions and emotions towards certain topics.
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Famous Artists in the 16th Century

Leonardo da Vinci was a well-known painter. Many knew him as the man who painted the Mona Lisa. He was not only a painter, but was also an architect, inventor, and mathematician. Though he did have a couple of inventions most people only focused on him or knew him as an artist.

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born on March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Italy. Michelangelo was one of the most famous artists in Italy Renaissance. He was also thought to be one of the greatest artist in his lifetime. He was always more attracted to very difficult projects, even though they were lengthy and ambitious projects he never wanted help from anyone. This caused for some of his work to be unfinished. One of his best works is on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City.

Giorgio Vasari often called “the first art historian” was an Italian painter, architect, and writer who is mostly known for his biographies of Italian Renaissance artists. He was befriended by Michelangelo whose style had influenced his own. He was very wealthy and even built himself a house in Arezzo, which is now a museum dedicated to his life. Vasari’s paintings are placed under the heading of the High Renaissance or Mannerism. His most important text in history was ‘The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects.’ This text mentioned a lot of artist that we didn’t know about at that time. Giorgio Vasari’s legacy is that he inspired many more writings on art history in Italy and in other parts of Europe.

Famous Writers in the 16th Century

William Shakespeare An English poet, playwright and actor that brought entertainment and the use of English language that shone light upon him being the greatest writer of all time. He was called the England’s national poet. With many acts and collaboration within all his people and his proper charging, he changed the 16th century to where it brought all kinds of English language throughout all of Europe. He affects to this day to where his English writing is very fascinating to all the people from all countries.

Francis Bacon was an English Philosopher, and author etc. He has been called the creator of empiricism which is a theory that states that knowledge comes only or primarily from sensory experience. He has been studying the human knowledge and abilities of writing like rationalism and skepticism. With this he had changed the 16th century giving the people and other follower new theories and methods based upon literature and science with a mixture of his personal senses.


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