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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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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.

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HIIIII on April 11, 2013:

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bye on April 11, 2013:

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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:

I think Leonardo Because he does epic paintings, also has amazing machines.

Marty on May 23, 2012:

I think its a draw because these are two fields of art here. sculpting and painting are two art categories and i say in art you can never win because there is always different types of art and both were gifted differently

Jake on May 10, 2012:

Leo wins. He helped Ezio.

Steve on May 05, 2012:

Da Vinci was a true genius...but let's not forget that he wasn't a true creator. He did not invent the calculator, solar power, or helicopter...others did. Did he have brilliant and ahead of his time ideas? Yeah, but he didn't invent these things.

I'm not taking anything away from his genius; he was clearly ahead of his time. But ideas and inventions are different. I could toss around ideas about worm holes for time travel and genetic solutions for cancer, but until the invention is realized on my watch it's not my genius.

Michelangelo didn't have the same lofty ideas, but I'd argue that he created more in his lifetime...a more impressive body of art and architecture. This is mostly subjective and we are splitting hairs though.

ian on April 29, 2012:


brian on April 16, 2012:

Michelangelo has to be my favorite. Though Leonardo was an intellect with great ideas, he was a master painter he possessed passion. Michelangelo was a master sculptor and after all his work on the Sistine Chapel, no painter could match up, not because of the amount or size he painted. But because of the passion he had and constant devotion to new approaches to creating art for the glory of God.

AFR on April 13, 2012:

I'd have to say Leonardo Da Vinci because he was a genuis although he was way ahead of his time he still was pretty good

bob on April 05, 2012:

Leonardo wins because their artwork is pretty close but thats only because leonardo was focused on all his other projects from writing to invention. If he had focused on just art he would have won.

Sally on April 01, 2012:

Leonardo Da' Vinci is way way better than Michelangelo by far. His paintings were far more better and he was also very smart and invented a lot of things. Leonardo in my opinion is better. :)

Job on March 30, 2012:

I think Caravaggio did the most realistic paintings, and he lived through the baroque era.

Deaglan on March 28, 2012:

On smartness and IQ DA VINCI wins but with art michealangelo wins any day

Leo on March 04, 2012:

you cant judge over the works of greatist minds of history just by watching something... heir work has many similarities and much more differences... one thing is sure they were the best... but two different lives, characters, view of the world, leonardo was futurist, buonarotti was more intrested in present... you cant compare wool and iron as my grand grandfather would say it can have the same weight but never same weight and volume.....

Avothegreat2013 on February 27, 2012:

okay, leonardo da vinci is a pure genius. he was b4 his and our time. he was the most influential inventors in the history of life. he could tell us the stories of jesus and the world and life that he witnessed thru art. michelangelo was great as well. but i get a lot of my artistic inspiration from da vinci.

thomas on January 29, 2012:

Go michelangelo.Boo da vinci.

Debashis on January 27, 2012:

It's Leonardo da Vinci...

Awzome on January 24, 2012:

All whom vote on Michelangelo... Goto hell. Maybe Michelangelo made uuuh so cool sculptures and such, Leonardo changed the World. He made the first paintings of Robots, Flying machines and such. He also painted like a God. Michelangelo may have been cool too, but Mocking Leonardo when he came home from Florence.. I lost M. He sucked from me now. Leo changed the World, Mich was just a bully. Leo wins, hes Mona Lisa is a Perfect painting, with a bit of Mystery in it.

zzirGrizz on January 20, 2012:

Fergal is right he is an EPIC BEAST

FERGAL on January 16, 2012:

Leonardo and michaelangelo were ok im the best HANDS DOWN

ssj on January 15, 2012:

I am a huge fan of leonardo but in terms of art all my favorite works are from michaelangelo. The pieta, statue of david, creation of adam and the sistine chapel are in my opinion are some of the best I've seen. Leonardo however had potential in so many fields like inventing, mathematics and disection would make me give the nod as the ultimate master however if it was purely art I would give it to michaelangelo. Da vinci was so amazing because of his lack of formal education and yet he was so ahead of his time. I only wish we will see his type of genius in our life time.

lopaga on October 13, 2011:

ill vote for leonardo da vinci., cause hes the one who paints the one of a kind mona lisa and the last supper...

Felix on July 26, 2011:

According to the philosopher Schopenhauer a true genius and artist has a disinclination to mathemathical, technical or scientific thinking being only concerned with the view of ideas of nature which cannot be exhausted or represented with reason but can only be viewed. Because of this incompatibility of these two types of thinking, Da Vinci would probably not be an artist at all, in his opinion, or only someone who was technically exceptional but not that real artist who only creates works to make possible the perception of ideas. I only apply his logic, he didn't make these claims, and sorry if I couldn't make it clear or if you find it ridiculous, but it's totally serious and even makes sense. You can see a distinction between the two, for one, Da Vinci was inclined to portray what he found rather than purely imagining it, but I would argue that Da Vinci probably still could have had his moments of pure vision...

Kent on June 10, 2011:

There is no point to stating opinions as to who was greatest; they are both more than great, and that is adequate.

awesome sauce on May 30, 2011:

i believe that Da Vinci was the greater of the two. he left a more lasting impact on more than just one thing. Michelangelo was a great artist, but Da Vinci was an Artist, engineer, and scientist. so i think Da Vinci gave more to us modern people.

kaka on May 20, 2011:

Da Vinci wins he is the universal genius of all time

EROS on May 13, 2011:

Michaelangelo was known as a master in all 3 categories.

Architecture,Sculptures, and Paintings.

Leonardo was not.

Michaelangelo was commissioned throughout the years more than leonardo. Michaelangelo had more range than leonardo. However, leonardo's paintings had more depth.

It's really futile and unfair to compare the two, they were both genius masters of their craft.

SOUP on May 07, 2011:

ok first of all, who said michelangelo painted better? He didn't know how to paint backgrounds (note that the people in the background are blurry.) and the heads aren't proportional. Ok he was awesome at sculpting but Leo only tried that once, and it was destroyed by french people... I think. But it was great before. And he was smarter, while michelangelo was probably mentally challenged. (my theory.)

ROMEROCORRADI on April 24, 2011:

The two were from another world than ours ... and made ??their mark with works ..

To me a "" "ETS" in FORMAD GENIUS

romerocorradi on April 24, 2011:

Os dois eram de outro MUNDO que não o nosso... e fizeram marcar com suas obras..

Para mim uns """ETS""" em formade GÊNIO.

geneia on April 13, 2011:

Da vinci yeeeaaahhhh!!!! ahaha

drox on March 22, 2011:

Da Vinci was a strange man, possibly due to his genius. Also Michelangelo was younger and more aggressive at self marketing. he had Da Vinci to learn from. Da Vinci was a notoriously good starter and poor finisher. However, when it came to just painting and sculpture,I think Michelangelo was better! they both made the world a richer place, however.

aidan hall on March 21, 2011:

da vinci was a painter, draftsman, sculptor, inventor, scientist, anatomist, musician, and acrcitect, and he created the most famouse painting that ever existed and had a famouse gaze. And micelaqngelo was just a painter sculptor and a drawer. he crated david and the chapel celling , but leonardo wrote and did every thing left handed and sometyimes backwards whwn he wasn't even sopposed to! Da vinci wins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jamby on February 19, 2011:


gdx on February 08, 2011:

This is a rather easy one. Leonardo Da Vinci wins hands down.

Michael Angelo was a master sculptor, painter, and Engineer. In fact some of his designs for engineering still stand today, and the techniques he came up with are still being used today in the construction of buildings.

But, Leonardo on the other hand, has not only created master pieces of art, but also practical solutions to modern day problems which are still being used till this very day. NASA uses Leonardo's designs for the robotic wrist which is still unrivaled in today's technological standards. The parachute, Early Tank, glider, underwater diving suit, just to name a few were all tested by current day engineers and they all worked. Also believe it or not, he set a standard for waste disposal for large buildings. That's not all, In the medical field, he had already designed the artificial artery valve, which is being used today in valve transplant surgery.

Both were geniuses, but Leonardo I must say, due to his contributions to not only art, but also to modern daily life, he far out classes, and completely eclipses Michael Angelo.

James on December 23, 2010:

Agreed Yvone, actually both were genius polymaths, Michelangelo beats Da Vinci is sculpting, as Da Vinci only planned one sculpture, and Michelangelo had a good bunch of masterpieces. In terms of painting, Leonardo's greatest hit was 'La Monalisa', Michelangelo himself said he didn't like painting, but heck, he made some of the best pieces out there, The Creation of Adam, The Last Supper, these 2 pieces together are worth more than any painting Leonardo did combined. In art both rocked, but Michelangelo worked his way through. (This goes for architecture as well.)

But let's not forget the sheer intelligence of Leonardo and his originality. I mean the man made plans to what seemed to be a plane, a robot-warrior, a viola-organista.

Both made a shock on the world, both were goddamn geniuses, both made names to themselves, we can compare their works, but we can't compare who was the better man.


Yvone on December 21, 2010:

Wow what little children..........................they both made History what is today.Beautiful thank you.

DA VINCI on December 12, 2010:


Anonymous on December 01, 2010:

Leonardo da Vinci: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer.

Michelangelo: painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer.


P.S. On WikiPedia, the painting article's first picture is the Mona Lisa

Paolo on November 25, 2010:

MiguelAngelo.. cause he not only though about ideas..

he work... and rocks...

masterpieces a lot.. leonardo ..a little pieces..

in everything that MiguelAngelo did it ,, created masterpieces aND leonardo???...

wow Miguel Angelo winsss and rocks still and forever

i wish Leonardo talend can created the sixtine chapel... xD

easy ... he can't no saw the last supper? xD

L.H.Y on November 16, 2010:

Michelangelo is a Giant, and Leonardo is God!

cleo on June 29, 2010:

LEONARDO....Wins hands down.the man still is a phenomenon. Amazing!!!....i just wish i get to meet him at some point of eternity.

natali on June 28, 2010:

I think Michelangelo, because as talented as Da vinci was he didn't paint the ceiling of the sistine chapel which is phenomenelly amazing and beautifull

me on June 01, 2010:

Leonardo was awesome

lardhead on June 01, 2010:

leonardo was better

John on June 01, 2010:


John on June 01, 2010:


kalungi najeeb on May 27, 2010:

people,truth is hard to come by but fact is as an artist myself the two were masters of their times but given the inspirational works that have stood the taste of time,mona lisa beats them all,the man died with a note book full of pre concieved ideas some of which technicians today have failed to break.....leonardo was a man of humility compared to michealangelos pride,secrecy in works and above all,jealousy towards his contemporary

what else would you add to make michealangelo reach da vincis heights? consider who moved more,who inspired kings,who had love for nature,and importantly,who has the least of works available today to the world and how they are treasured,treated and sought after.....

micheal was a genious,leonardo was 3 times beyond,a description yet to be termed..

Andrei on May 11, 2010:


tibi on April 15, 2010:

da vinci was more that...

Danish on March 25, 2010:

Hahah i love it how people actually get into this, its like go on facebook and share your feelings, not on a website about art. or to make it easier for you go to,

Gary Toby lachie on March 23, 2010:

You dudes are funny

toby on March 14, 2010:

why man

toby on March 14, 2010:

i hate u gary your a massive mather forker

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