Famous Ancient Artists

ancient artists


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The word “artist” has two meanings. The first meaning is that it means to create beautiful things, as in paintings and sculptures. These artists would make a living by showing their work publicly and the people who wanted their art then provided financial support for the artwork they made. Many ancient artists fit into both of these categories. Some were very famous in their time and continue to be well-known today, while others were not as well-known but have had a significant impact on the art world. This is a person who produced art, sometimes in the form of pottery, painting, or other types of art, in prehistoric times.

1. Pablo Picasso :

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A Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet, and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. Picasso fue bautizado Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, a series of names honoring various saints and relatives. Born in the city of Málaga in Andalusia, he was the first child of Don José Ruiz y Blasco (1838–1913) and María Picasso y López. His father was a painter who specialized in naturalistic depictions of birds and other games. For most of Picasso’s childhood, his father was a professor at the School of Arts and Crafts in La Coruña. The family moved to A Coruña in 1891, when Pablo was nine.

2. Leonardo da Vinci :

An Italian Renaissance polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of paleontology, ichnology, and architecture; and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter, and tank, he epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Many historians and scholars regard Leonardo as the prime exemplar of the “Universal Genius” or “Renaissance Man”, an individual of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent in recorded history, and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, while the man himself is mysterious and remote”. Marco Rosci notes that while there is much speculation regarding Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious and that successive generations have turned to him as a hero and demigod, “straining towards almost transcendental heights”.

3. Michelangelo :

An Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. His artistic versatility 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. Many of Michelangelo’s works of painting, sculpture, and architecture rank among the most famous in existence. His output in these fields was prodigious; given his low rate of surviving works, he is regarded as one of the greatest sculptors of all time. He sculpted two of his best-known works, the Pietà and David, before the age of thirty. Despite his low opinion of painting, Michelangelo also created many works in this medium, including the Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes and The Last Judgment, as well as many portraits. His design of the Laurentian Library brought him into contact with other artists such as Raphael. In 1508 he returned to Florence where he worked on two further monumental sculpture projects: the statues of Moses and Lorenzo de Medici for the tomb of Pope Julius II in San Lorenzo, Florence; and a marble statue of Paul III.

4. Rembrandt :

A Dutch draftsman, painter, and printmaker who ranks as one of the greatest artists in the history of art. Rembrandt’s work shows a mastery of technique and profound knowledge of human anatomy, emotion, and color. His etchings also demonstrate his unequaled skill as a printmaker. He was a master of self-portraiture and frequently used himself, his wives, and his children as models.

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