Michelangelo and Da Vinci Side by Side


Imagine an epic battle in between the two greatest artists of the Renaissance.

Imagine an epic battle in between the two greatest artists of the Renaissance. In my opinion, you just envisioned the Michelangelo and da Vinci side-by-side exhibit, which brings to mind the unfinished battle of the Titans.


Michelangelo’s earliest works were sculptures, and some are displayed in the exhibit. Before his Rome Pietá, people thought it was impossible to carve two symmetrical figures out of the same block of marble. His later famous works were paintings, especially the Sistine Chapel. The brightness of them is unbelievable. If you see yellow, it’s not just yellow; it’s a neon shade of lemon yellow. If you see brown, it is a pronounced pale shade of hazel brown. The reason the paintings are stunningly vivid is because Michelangelo wanted you to notice the details from far away.


Leonardo’s interest lied in machines and art, and some of both are present at the exhibit. He improved Archimedes hydraulic screw, invented the first paddle boat, and made many other machines. His paintings were more dull in color than Michelangelo’s. However, Leonardo is still known today for his Mona Lisa and his fresco The Last Supper.


Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarotti could not stand to be in the same room with each other. However, they worked in the same church on opposite walls painting frescos. Legend has it that when they got commissioned for other works they were happy to leave the frescos unfinished and get away from each other. Now, it will be up to you to decide who the better artist was.


The exhibit is beautiful, and people of all ages will find something interesting and enjoyable. The exhibit contains an interactive multi-media presentation of the Sistine Chapel, and also two movies about Leonardo da Vinci and his ideal city. Admission ranges from $11-$16 per person and children four and under are free. Open hours are Monday thru Thursday: 11am-7pm, Friday thru Saturday: 11am-8pm, and Sunday: noon-6pm. The exhibit is now open at Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street.