“Renaissance paintings” is how one description of Classical Oil Paintings is usually described, as well as the way it is used and what they are called. “The Renaissance” is thought of as the most famous and powerful period in world history when art and its creators are worshiped. It’s almost always agreed that Renaissance was the height of Italian art and that all other periods since then are mere imitations or attempts at that level.
“The classical oil paintings transcend a literal translation of the subject – an object – into art.” In art, “translation” is the key, as both a text and an image are only words. In painting, on the other hand, objects are literal, but the human eye is not. “The range of expressive activity extends from bold dramatic compositions of strong light and shade to subtle veils of hue and tone.” Thus, in order to achieve great art, classical paintings must be considered a form of theater as much as any other type of artwork.
Leonardo Di Vinci is often credited as the archetype of classicism and for good reason: he is the original Renaissance painter and his works bear the stamp of their highly stylized and highly illustrative style. But he was also very much aware of the limits of his art. “Leonardo di Vinci is famous because he set the standard. He did not achieve perfection, but instead set a stage where artistic standards could be developed,” writes Martin Davis in his book Classical Paintings – Paint it Loud!. “What makes his paintings so memorable, however, is not just the vision and skill that made them memorable, but the way that they shattered the boundaries of normal art.”
Leonardo di Vinci’s “ventions” included such items as the sketching board, the triangular painting guide, the chessboard, the circular chair, and the cylinder. All these inventions made it possible for artists at the time to create their masterpieces much faster than would have been possible using earlier methods of mass production. The creation of paintings also marked the arrival of realistic art. In this regard, we can consider classical painting to be the first true form of art since the Leonardo da Vinci himself showed that artists can express themselves more fully with his art than with earlier forms such as Nature, Man, and Animals.
In the years that followed after his death, more classic paintings of a completely different nature came into being. Some of these were the “Cubists” who utilized an array of famous landscapes and buildings to portray their works. Others were abstract artists who utilized a variety of synthetic and non-traditional materials to produce their paintings. But none of these painters was able to match the original works of Leonardo da Vinci in the span of his lifetime, which is why he remains so important today. His “Cubists” had a difficult time capturing the feel of genuine oil paintings due to his mastery of perspective.
After the “Cubists” and other new practitioners of classicism oil painting, came an even greater artist named Michelangelo. He is the most well-known of all the great painters from the Classical Period. In his paintings, people could clearly see that he was able to express himself artistically through his brush as well as his vision. His pieces are still viewable in museums around the world.
The “Sistine Chapel” in Rome was also created by one of the greatest painters ever, Michelangelo. It is believed that he may have created this masterpiece while staying in the church that he was building at the time. But there are also those that suggest that this could have just been another oil painting that was created much later during a time when oil painting was not as popular as it is today. Regardless of who created these masterpieces, they have proven to be some of the most famous pieces of art in the history of fine art. Many other artists would later try to duplicate them, but none have been able to do so successfully. The original pieces are also considered to be some of the best oil paintings to have ever been produced.
Now that you know a little bit more about the “Sistine Chapel”, you may want to learn a little more about classical oil paintings. There are a number of great artists that attempted to do what the Sistine Chapel was able to do using only oil paints. Some even came close to duplicating what the Sistine Chapel was able to do but failed to be quite as good as the original artist. You can take a look at some of their work by doing a simple search on the Internet. If you like what you see, you might want to purchase some classical oil paintings to add to your collection.