Well, I was always very confident about my work, but I guess the first time I received really great social recognition for my work was with even with one of my own paintings, but my instructor Andrea del Verrochio. Instructor Verrochio allowed me to paint an angel in his work Baptism of Christ. This work would later come to be recognized as a seminal painting (‘MOS’).Michelangelo: For me it was when I was sixteen years old. At this age I produced the Madonna of the Stairs. This work featured Mary, the mother of God, sitting on a rock in front of a church. The look on Mary’s face indicates that she understands that Jesus will face a tragic death and that he will rise to heaven. I recognize this as a very crucial work in my oeuvre as it did not simply replicate traditional trends of the time, but really established my personal style (‘Michelangelo’).Leonardo: This is very difficult, as I’m referred to as a Renaissance man, as I had many interests and subjects I excelled in. Today the Mona Lisa is perhaps my most famous work, but I believe my most accomplished work is the Last Supper. This work depicts Jesus’ last days. I always had trouble completing paintings because my many interests, but this is one of six works that was completed during the seventeen years I lived in Milan. Unfortunately, because of the experimental techniques I used this painting has not held up very well (‘Leonardo’).Michelangelo: Similar to Leonardo, I had many interests and many great works. For me it is impossible to determine which is my greatest work, but if I had to identify some it would either be my sculpture of David or the Sistine Chapel. With David, I spent painstaking hours constructing this sculpture. It depicts the biblical character David, who slayed Goliath. I think part of the esteem this work received came from its location outside the Palazzo Vecchio, as the work would become a symbol for the town (‘PBS’).I must also mention my work with the Sistine Chapel. Pope Julius II himself contacted me directly to paint this work. At first I was startled by the expansive size of the project – 3,200 square feet! However, I recognize I could not turn down the Pope. This work took me four painstaking years. I covered the wall with Biblical figures and scenes. This work would go on to be recognized as one of the foremost works of the Renaissance (‘Medici’).In conclusion, this interview with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci
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