Few men have achieved immortality with their achievements.
A true artist is distinguished by a unique ability to take their moment in time and distill its essence so that the resulting work becomes timeless.
Various eras and different places gave birth to prominent and famous artists. Each of them left their mark on the history of world culture and art.
Today Kuadros wants to show you which are for us the 5 most fascinating artists of all time.
No.1 Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Leonardo da Vinci was a true genius who graced this world with his presence in the 15th century.
This Florentine is among the most influential artists in history, since he left an important legacy not only in the field of art but also in science, managing to merge science and art to create works that have become part of the history of The humanity.
As an engineer and inventor, Leonardo developed ideas far ahead of his time. As a scientist, Leonardo greatly advanced knowledge in the areas of anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics.
For Leonardo, sight was man's highest sense as it conveyed the facts of experience immediately, correctly and safely. Da Vinci lived in the golden age of creativity among contemporaries like Raphael and Michaelangelo, contributing his well-known genius to virtually everything he touched.
Renaissance Italy is a pinnacle in human history. Today, no name better symbolizes the Renaissance era than Leonardo da Vinci.
Not long ago, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci sold for $450.3 million at auction by Christie's Salvator Mundi , the value of which has been the highest price paid for any work of art sold at auction.
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No. 2 Michelangelo (1475-1564)
Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475 - 1564 in Caprese, Italy, the second of five children.
Painter, on panel and fresco, sculptor and architect, writer of sonnets, Michelangelo Buonarroti was the first artist recognized by contemporaries as a genius.
Although the frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican are probably his best-known works today, the artist really considered himself a sculptor.
His two most recognized works in this field are La Piedad and David. Michelangelo worked on marble sculpture all his life and on the other arts only during certain periods. His Sistine Chapel ceiling masterpieces are partly a reflection of the increased attention paid to painting in the 20th century, and partly, too, because many of the artist's works in other media remain unfinished.
Michelangelo, the quintessential Renaissance man, continued to sculpt and paint until his death, although he worked increasingly on architectural projects as he grew older: his work from 1520 to 1527 on the interior of the Medici Chapel in Florence included designs for walls, windows, and cornices that were unusual in their design and introduced striking variations on classical forms.
Michelangelo died aged 88 after a short illness in 1564. A Pietà he had begun sculpting in the late 1540s, intended for his own tomb, remained unfinished but is on display in the Museo della Opera del Duomo in Florence.
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No.3 Rembrandt (1606-1669)
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn , (born July 15, 1606, Leiden, Netherlands, died October 4, 1669, Amsterdam).
He was a prolific painter, draughtsman and printmaker, and is often considered one of the greatest visual artists in art history and the greatest artist of Holland's golden age.
Rembrandt's works represent a wide range of styles and subjects, from portraits and self-portraits to landscapes, genre scenes, allegorical and historical scenes, and biblical and mythological subjects, as well as animal studies. He was a compulsive buyer of art and a collector of all kinds of antiques, accessories and weapons to use in paintings.
Rembrandt quickly achieved renown among Dutch art lovers and an art-buying public. His unusual prints brought him international fame. The artist took an innovative turn with his use of light and expanded the capacity of pictorial effects. His drawings, which were in fact made as practice exercises or as studies for other works, were also collected by lovers of contemporary art.
Rembrandt's most famous painting is The Night Watch , known for three aspects: its colossal size (363 cm × 437 cm), the dramatic use of light and shadow, and the perception of movement in what would traditionally have been a group portrait. .
In contrast to his successful public career, Rembrandt's family life was marked by misfortune. Despite Rembrandt's financial success as an artist, teacher, and art dealer, his penchant for life of ostentation forced him to declare bankruptcy. Fortunately, these problems in no way affected his artistic work.
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No. 4 Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890)
Vincent Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in Zundert, in the south of the Netherlands.
Son of a shepherd, Van Gogh became famous for his use of light and color, being one of the best artists in the world, although he was unknown only after his death.
Van Gogh painted thick strokes on the canvas using thick strokes or the edge of a palette. His Post-Impressionist work influenced most of the major art movements of the 20th century. However, throughout his life he only sold a few paintings.
At the age of 27, he decided to become an artist, teaching himself to draw and paint, and was financially supported by Theo (Brother). In 1886, Van Gogh joined Theo in Paris and met many artists, including Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pissarro, and Gauguin, with whom he befriended. He spent time in psychiatric hospitals and swayed between periods of inertia, depression, and incredibly focused artistic activity, his work reflecting the rich colors and strong light of the countryside around him.
Several of his paintings are now among the most expensive in the world. Some of his best known works of art include: " Sunflowers " and "The Starry Night" . The latter was painted in the asylum where he was staying in Saint-Rémy, France, in 1889, a year before his death. "This morning I saw the countryside from my window long before dawn, with nothing but the morning star, which seemed very large," he wrote to his brother Theo.
On July 27, 1890, again suffering from depression, Van Gogh shot himself. He died two days later. In 1973, the Van Gogh Museum opened its doors in Amsterdam to make the works of Vincent van Gogh accessible to the public.
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No. 5 Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Pablo Picasso, a Spanish expatriate painter, sculptor, engraver, ceramicist, and set designer, was one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century and the creator of Cubism.
After his death in 1973, his value as an artist and inspiration for other artists has only increased. Picasso is also credited with the invention of constructed sculpture and the style of collage art. The artist also used clay, plaster, precious metals, and wood to create groundbreaking sculptural works the world had never seen before.
Picasso's final works were a mix between the many styles he had embraced throughout his life. Picasso enjoyed examining classic works that had influenced his development over the years, and produced several series of variations on paintings by the classic masters, including Rembrandt, Diego Velázquez, and Edouard Manet, the founder of modern traditions.
A multitude of paintings that Picasso painted during his later years are now widely accepted as the beginning of the Neo-Expressionist movement.
Kuadros, a famous painting on his wall.