Three Key Artists From the High Renaissance

When you think of the High Renaissance or the Renaissance in general when it comes to artists, most likely you think of these three figures: Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo. But who were these artists exactly? What were the major works of art from each, which they are still remembered for today?


Raphael(1483-1520), was a painter during the High Renaissance. He painted numerous self portraits, and other portrait paintings. One of his most famous works is called The School of Athens, which was a fresco painted between the years of 1509 to 1511. The reason why I chose this particular piece is because I really liked how it portrayed famous ancient philosophers and other important figures in action. Also I really liked how the piece portrayed how busy the scene was, while making it clear.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci(1452-1519), was another famous artist during the High Renaissance. He was a unique figure due to the fact that he not only was an artist; he was also an architect, inventor, scientist, and engineer. Today he is mostly known for his art. His most famous work in my opinion is the Mona Lisa, which was a portrait completed in 1503.


Michelangelo(1475-1564), is the last famous artist I will be writing about. Michelangelo mostly worked with marble carving, which was his main passion. One of his famous works is his statue of David, which is an incredibly realistic marble statue, which was completed in 1504.


 The three key artists from the Renaissance that you think of when you think about artists during that era are: Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo. Each of these individuals were pretty different when it came to styles of art, but they were similar in the sense that all three created masterpieces which are still appreciated and enjoyed today.

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