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7 Renaissance Painters Who Hid Self-portraits in Their Creations

Renaissance period in Europe was from 14-17 century ACE and has been marked by the growth of humanism. The age of enlightenment, as it is called, was marked by speedy and recognizable growth in science as well as arts. The Renaissance is believed to be started from Italy and grew in specks throughout the three centuries.

In that period, however, amazing work was created in the art and paintings, the signing of a painting by its artist was prohibited leading the artist unsatisfied with the lack of prerogative over the work.

WheeBuzz brings you the list of 7 Renaissance Painters who hid self-portraits in their creations which were found later.

There were so many Renaissance Painters who are believed, to sign their work, to have hidden their self-portraits in their creations. They hid them so well that some are still being discovered. Here’s a list of some famous ones that claimed a lot of attention from the world.

1.  Mona Lisa by Leonardo da-Vinci

Whenever there’s a mention of Renaissance art it is literally impossible to not start it from the infamous painter Leonardo da-Vinci. He created beautiful yet scandalous paintings which, some can argue, have never been truly deciphered; right from The Last Supper to The Virgin of the Rocks. While art historians claim Portrait of a Man in Red Chalk is his self-portrait, it’s the Mona Lisa that catches most eyes. Many historians and conspiracy theorists believe that it is the self-portrait of the woman side of the painter. Mysterious however much, the painting is beautiful and will remain one of the legacies of da-Vinci.

2.  The School of Athens by Raphael

One of the Florentine trinity which actually lit the torch of the renaissance, youngest of them, Raphael was the man behind so many sculptures and painting in the Vatican. He created numerous artworks which are a part of St. Peter’s at the Vatican. Among these is the infamous ‘The School of Athens’, which arguably consists of the portraits of the other two counterparts of the Trinity and his archrivals Leonardo da-Vinci and Michelangelo and a self-portrait in the far right.

3.  The Adoration of the Magi by Botticelli

Like the Trinity, Botticelli was a renaissance period Florentine painter, who is more famous for his Madonna and the Childs work. But the painter has to his name the painting, The Adoration of Magi, which has his hidden self-portrait

4.  The Last Judgement by Michelangelo

Michelangelo, one of the infamous Florentine Trinity, was a reclusive painter from the Renaissance period with a huge number of beautiful Christian paintings under his name including the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The whole ceiling is decked with incomparable paintings by the painter. One of these is the Last Judgement, in which he included a grotesque portrait of himself in the flayed skin of St. Bartholomew.

5.  David with the Head of Goliath by Caravaggio

Caravaggio or Michelangelo Merisi was a post-renaissance painter from the Baroque period, however, he too decided to brand himself into his well famous work David with the head of Goliath in which the resemblance between the head and himself is pretty evident.

6.  Man in the Red Chalk by Leonardo da-Vinci

The day by day fading Red Man in the Chalk which was drawn by da-Vinci himself in 1500’s by a red chalk on a white paper is well acclaimed by historians as his self-portrait. Historians claim that da-Vinci, who would have been in his 60’s while making this portrait, must have sketched himself.

7.  Vittoria Colonna by Michelangelo

Latest in the list is now famous Vittoria Colonna portrait. Vittoria Colonna was a friend of the reclusive painter and it is, in recent, claimed by art experts and historians that a small caricature of the Michelangelo himself bent at an acute angle in the front of her abdomen in her dress lines is present. Like most other hidden self-portraits, this also is believed to be a signature of the painter to either brand the painting or to be a part of it.

The still-being-discovered secrets of the artworks of the vernacular periods definitely leave the world in awe everytime a new stone is turned. More the secrets are revealed more beautifully they display the vulnerable strength of humanism

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Written by Lipi Gupta

Writer, Poet, Blogger, and Editor. Founder of Gully Writers and an aspiring author.

A writer who loves to depict the psychology behind the emotions and express them in words.

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