Renaissance Art: Leonardo da Vinci’s Viturvian Man

During the late 14th century, the renaissance age was most known for their art. Some of the most famous people who created these masterpiece were Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti , Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, and Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi. The one that got my attention the most was Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing of the Vitruvian Man. This Vitruvian man was created to as a measurement for drawing a perfect proportionate man. By using a one part of the body to create another part of the body is what the Vitruvian man can show us. An article I stumbled upon that had caught my attention was “Fantasia in paint: How Paula Rego made Disney dance”. The article explains how the artist Paula Rego, used her inspiration of Walt Disney’s “Fantasia”, to draw ballerinas in different dance positions. Looking at the pictures, it reminded me of the Vitruvian man because of how the bodies were drawn. This made me think that without Leonardo’s Vitruvian man, most of the art on people wouldn’t look realistic or at least proportionate.  Therefore, most of renaissance art can be seen in today’s art from it’s influence. An issues that I came across was if the artist that created these arts are getting enough created for what they created. Especially in the past, we don’t know if the art created back then was truly just from that artist or if multiply artist have helped. We don’t know if Leonardo’s Vitruvian man was the first or that past artist has thought about drawing the perfect man, but was never written down. Like how Christopher Columbus found out that the world was round and not flat, however the Greeks have long known that before him. Another issues would be plagiarism, since we did not live in the past we don’t know there were any plagiarism involved. These problems can affect us because if we don’t have a reliable source, we cannot fully understand the past.  It also causes the problem of giving credit to the wrong person if a past artist did plagiarize.  Today in our society we are taught to not plagiarize and if we do happen to use an idea we are supposed to give credit to the original creator.



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