Da Vinci was an elitist and a highly reputable member of the society whose works are valued on this day and included drawings and paintings. In his works, Da Vinci traversed nature and religion and hid most of his messages in the specific elements of arts such as the color intensity and color balance. This made his works have diverse interpretations and understandings. Besides the serious categories of his works such as the painting of Mona Lisa, Da Vinci produced portraits of paintings and drawings possibly categorized as caricatures in which he presented satirical elements of nature and those of the leaders and authorities of the time. This, therefore, implies that the art of caricature originated from the high society and thus must have been a branch of high art. Art is a medium of mass communication, a fact that makes caricatures and cartoons part of the modern-day newspapers. The eighteenth century London had enlightened individuals who fostered the growth of arts through the presentation of caricatures in the common means of mass communication, this included magazines and other publications. One such authoritative caricaturist was James Gillray. History of Caricature and High Art.
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