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The high renaissance of the 1500's was a time of scientific, philosophic, and artistic awe and inspiration. Many new discoveries were being made in the field of science, and philosophers expressed their assumptions on the world and universe around them. In addition, many individuals were gifted with artistic dexterity and skill. The amazing achievements of Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci are considered significant to the Renaissance period. In this paper, the endeavors and achievements of these three Renaissance men will be examined and expressed.

Born in 1475 in Italy, Michelangelo was raised in an era of artistic wonder. Not only an artist, but Michelangelo was also a poet, sculptor, and architect. Being gifted in these fields, Michelangelo wrote beautiful poetry and created magnificent sculptures, art, and architectural designs. By the time Michelangelo was sixteen, he produced two sculptures entitled Battle of the Centaurs and The Madonna of the Stairs, and in 1501, Michelangelo began working on his masterpiece "David." The marble statue of David astonished sculptors everywhere, and easily became Michelangelo's most famous sculpture. Michelangelo's painting talent was not so much applied in his canvas paintings, but rather in his gigantic frescoes. Some of his fresco works include The Last Judgment which is a large fresco behind the altar of the Sistine Chapel, and The Creation of Adam which decorates practically the entire ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo's achievement as an architect was mainly his work at Saint Peter's Basilica, when in 1546 he became chief architect and constructed the altar at the end of the Basilica and the cupola atop its roof. At the old age of 89, Michelangelo died. Another magnificent artist, who was inspired by Michelangelo, was Raphael.

On April 6, 1483, in the town of Urbino Italy, the greatest and most popular artist of all time would be born, and he would be given the name of Raphael. In Raphael's early years, he became inspired by his father, the painter Giovanni Santi, and began painting at an early age. At the age of 22, and in search of new painting techniques, Raphael began studying some of the famous artists of his day such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. After years of studying, and observing Leonardo and Michelangelo's art, Raphael developed his own techniques for lighting and shading and produced a new informal manner of painting. During the premature developments of these new techniques, Raphael tested his skill by painting various "Madonna" paintings such as Madonna of the Goldfinch and Madonna del Baldacchino. Once these techniques were perfected around 1508, Raphael was sent to Rome to decorate four rooms of the Vatican Palace with scenic frescoes. These four rooms ...

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