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Leonardo da Vinci vs Michelangelo, who is the Greatest Master?

LEONARDO Da Vinci and pictures of some of his works

Leonard da Vinci was born Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci on the 15th of April 1452 in Vinci, Florence (present day Italy) Being a scientist, sculpture, writer, and painter amongst many other things. He has been described as one of the greatest painters of all time. Although a renowned painter, Leonardo was also described as an inventor. His works the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper are the most famous and reproduced portraits and religious paintings of all time. Their fame approached only by the Creation of Adam by Michelangelo. Although some what mysterious, Leonardo has been described as the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. He died on the 2nd of May 1519 at the age of aged 67

Birth name : Leonardo di Ser Piero

Born : April 15, 1452. Vinci, Florence, in present-day Italy

Died : May 2, 1519 (aged 67)Amboise, Touraine (in present-day France)

Nationality : Italian

Field: Many and diverse fields of arts and sciences

Movement : High Renaissance

Works: Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, The Vitruvian Man


MICHELANGELO and pictures of some of his works

Michelangelo was born Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni on the 6th of March 1475 in Caprese ( Italy) His family had for several generations been small-scale bankers in Florence, but his father failed to maintain the bank's financial status, and held occasional government positions. At the time of Michelangelo's birth, his father was the judicial administrator of the small town of Caprese. Several months after Michelangelo's birth the family returned to Florence where Michelangelo was raised. At a tender age, he moved in with another family during the illness and later death of his mother Francesca. While his father wanted him to study grammar, his real interest lies in the arts. His father considered this below the family's status and tried to discourage him. However, Michelangelo prevailed and was apprenticed at the age of thirteen to Domenico Ghirlandaio the most fashionable painter in Florence at the time. This was the early beginning; he would go on to study more, excelled and started making name for himself at a very young age. Michelangelo worked on so many projects and some he never finished because of the vast number of projects from clients that he could not turn down. He was the undisputed master of drawing in the 16th century Italy. He was one of the greatest sculptors of the Italian Renaissance and one of its greatest painters and architects. His work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling is a masterpiece and one of the most famous work of art till date. He wrote a lot of poems during his lifetime and excelled in poetry, sculpture, painting, and architecture. He died on the 18th of February 1564 at the age of 88

Birth name : Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

Born : March 6, 1475 near Arezzo, in Caprese

Died : February 18, 1564 (aged 88) Rome

Nationality : Italian

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Field : sculpture, painting, architecture, and poetry

Training : Apprentice to Domenico Ghirlandaio

Movement : High Renaissance

Works : David, The Creation of Adam, Pietà


No doubt Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were two of the greatest that ever lived. I know we are not experts, but judging from their works here, WHO WOULD YOU SAY IS THE GREATEST MASTER from these two?  


Gene Voce on May 10, 2017:

Because Michelangelo considered himself primarily a sculptor, his approach to painting revolutionized art with a physicality none of his predecessors displayed. In The Uffizzi Gallery in Florence the art of Rafael can be categorized as pre-Sistine Chapel and post-Sistine Chapel.

Leonardo was not as influential. Because he tended to experiment with new paints and media many of his works have not stood up to the test of time.

Back in The Uffizzi, with all the great art on display, one painting by Michelangelo Morisi di Caravaggio is enough to put any other art to shame.

Janet on June 06, 2015:

Part of the art of living with art. Both are masters and shouldn't be compared, but admired for the beauty they broight into the world with their art. Art is subjective so no one is right or wrong here. It's a an art dealer for over 30 years, there's no way to see through someone elses eyes and we all view beauty in different ways. They both ROCK! That's the truth.

Saloni on May 20, 2015:

Michelangelo was better than Da Vinci Because he is painter and also a better ascultper

Marco on November 28, 2014:

I think they are both great but I like Michaelangelo is better.

James on September 04, 2014:

DaVinci was inventive, but very rarely finished anything or created any actual invention. He had ideas and wrote them down and drew them. There are diverse ideas in them and they evidence an ingeniously creative mind, to be sure. Still, those who say his inventions changed the world go a bit far as most of his papers of this kind were found only after inventions like them were actually made by others. We don't have those things because of daVinci. He completed very little. What he did complete, of paintings, are treasured as much for their inventive technique as any artistic skill. I don't find the Mona Lisa or The Last Supper anywhere near as aesthetically pleasing as The Sisine Chapel works by Michelangelo. In sculpture, there is obviously no comparison, with The David, The Pieta, Moses, The Prisoners, and so many other masterpieces making Michelangelo one of, if not the greatest sculpture in history. Then there is St. Peter's. When you have the greatest single display of painting in the world (Sistine Chapel), the most celebrated sculptures in the world, and designed what is considered one of the greatest architectural triumphs in the world, nobody else can claim to be a greater artist. Then, just to add to his creative talents, he wrote hundreds of poems. And they are of very good quality, both in form and matter. daVinci does not compare artistically to Michelangelo, and for all daVinci's inventive genius, very few things are attributed to him as inventor because he finished or implemented so very little. His genius of creating designs for so many things that COULD have changed the world and later did without him is impressive, but not as impressive as the actual accomplishments of the greatest artist of all time.

Ash on September 03, 2014:

Michaelangelo is the best

stupid flanders on June 04, 2014:

i personally think that Leonardo da vinci is the best painter ever beacause look at modern lisa it is the best picture

known to man kind and look at the detals

Touhid rifat(sikder) on May 28, 2014:

Accoriding to my opinion,I think leonardo da vinci has the biggest impact on the field of science and arts as he is a universal genius.

Joel Patrick on April 06, 2014:

I give a slight edge to Michelangelo on art alone. Overall, though, De Vinci wins as a complete and diversified genius on a wide variety of subjects, including engineering, astronomy, mathematics, etc. in addition to art. De Vinci's IQ ranks up there with Aristotle and maybe one or two others in the entire history of mankind.

[Unkown] on March 14, 2014:

in my opinion, these two are the greatest painters of all times, but think of it. Micheal made outstanding paintings and sculptures, but Leonardo da Vinci, even with his few paintings, those paintings gave us a huge impact in religion and painting. da Vinci even made blueprints for inventions like the flying machine(did't work though), and even parachutes and tanks. All these idea and our courage today to create more and more inventions , all thanks to him. Without him, there'd be no inspiration for us people to make our life worthy of living by helping people.

They were both great artists but i think Leonardo da Vinci is way better.

bob on March 09, 2014:

Leonardo was the first to think of the flying machine, he never got it to work.

massimo on March 06, 2014:

leonardo cuz he mad the first flying machine he makes beautiful pantings and he looks like GOD but michalangelo is good he DID make the david and michelangelo focusus more on the human body so a little bit of both

Afshin on March 03, 2014:


asdfghjkl on February 10, 2014:

Michelangelo wanted to be remembered for his sculptors not his painting since he hated it. Da Vinci had a brilliant mind and sketches. Leonardo surpassed his master that taught him and keep in mind he didn't go to regular schooling like the others. Michelangelo did, and was more religious than Da Vinci so he didn't do as many autopsies as Da Vinci to learn more about the structure of the human body. Da Vinci is known as the Renaissance Man and it was all about art. Da Vinci was a better painter and thinker ( some of the best are the Frescos for the two evening out the playing field. The sistine Chapel and the last supper were done in the same way.) Michelangelo was the best sculptor in my opinion, what he wanted to remembered for.

Srivathsan Rangarajan on January 04, 2014:

Both the artists were equally brilliant. Look at their works... mona lisa and the last supper of Da vinci and David and Pieta of Michelangelo... They are an onlooker's delight....If the smile of mona lisa were to be called enigmatic what say of the sharp focus of David (the physiq of david is more conspicuous than that of david himself)......If virginity and grief of pieta were to be lauded what of ripples of commotion and anxiety of the distraught followers of christ in the last artist can be better than another but no genuine work of art can be better than another.....

olololol on December 09, 2013:


Dada on November 18, 2013:

No question. .. the best artist is Michelangelo

LOL on November 07, 2013:

I think these paintings are astonishing but they don't answer my questions

Mikey fan on November 06, 2013:

Well...... For the artists: leo!!!

But for teenage mutant ninja turtles: MIKEY WILL ALWAYS WIN!!!!!! Sry I'm a big fan!!!!!

Leoo on September 29, 2013:


Secret :-) on September 11, 2013:

Leonardo, in my opinion. So beautiful paintings, which have some mystery...

secret on May 16, 2013:

leonardo da vinci cuz i mean really mona lisa is just beautiful michaelangelo sucks what r u goin around painting penises for?

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person 2 on April 11, 2013:

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THE JUDGEMENT on April 11, 2013:

Leo because he created more realistic pieces. Michelangelo Created strong looking pieces with too much exageration on features that should not be exagerated.

your average stalker on April 11, 2013:

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HIIIII on April 11, 2013:

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bye on April 11, 2013:

seriously what is wrong with you people

AMWELL128 on March 28, 2013:

Remember, Michelangelo had to conceive of the idea how to paint the ceiling first with all of the images. He also had to know the dimensions of the ceiling. Therefore, he couldn't just start painting, he had to come up with the biblical story first for each panel. Then, he painted his masterpiece using scaffolding 60 feet in the air. So, he will always be the greatest artist.

KRAY-Z on January 16, 2013:

Michelangelo was better even though i really respect Leonardo

CRAY-Z on January 16, 2013:

Michelangelo rules.

Ricky on January 13, 2013:

What kind of F'n question is this we all know Leonardo was better. No Chance for M'angelo

BestInTheWorld on January 13, 2013:

Both men were brilliant artists but i think Leonardo wins because of his art work and designs. Plus I think he is better because I'm doing a research report on him. Michelangelo might have been good but was not a good MAN!!!

Daniel Cutter on January 05, 2013:

spin a coin

Max prada on December 03, 2012:

I have a small weaner

TODgasm on December 03, 2012:

the men of the renaissance have small peepees

pi on November 30, 2012:

michelangelo because isn't this art wise? and also he did much larger and painful works

king andre on October 17, 2012:

da vinci

Will on June 14, 2012:

Michaelangelo was the better artist. But Leonardo was talented not only in art, but everything. Leonardo is the better rennaisance man, but Michaelangelo had the better art.

Aryan on June 05, 2012:

Obviously Leonardo da Vinci. He is considered the greatest genius of all times. Leonardo is universal and diverse than Michaelangelo. Leonardo wins.

ramesh varma india on May 28, 2012:

what a genius is Leonardo Da Vinci.God creates such human forms rarely on earth.Michael is also excellent But my marks are 100 for Leonardo and 98/100 for Michael. It is a blessing to watch the original works at their original sites

Michelangelo on May 27, 2012: