Top 10 Artists

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The world as we know it today has been shaped by artists over the centuries. The buildings we live in, the cars we drive, the food we eat, our furniture and the movies we go to and all the songs we listen to are created by artists. Artists are in tune with the world and God. They create because they have to, they have no choice, it is their nature. This is how the world progresses. It can be an author, a musician, a painter or an architect. The world as we know it today has been invented by artistic geniuses. Our every move and word spoken has been shaped by artists who came and went away down the centuries. Let us have a look at the important artists who created in the past so that we could live in a cultured present.


1. Michelangelo

Michelangelo was born on 6th March, 1475 in Italy. His full name was Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. He died in 1564. His life is full of beautiful creations by him. He was a sculptor, painter, architect and poet. Two of his statues Pieta and David are so beautiful that viewers are spellbound in their presence. A masterpiece of his painting talent is the Sistine Chapel in Rome with its picture from Genesis called The Last Judgment. He contributed to the building of St Peter’s Basilica.


2. Shakespeare

Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died on 23rd April 1616. His contribution to English literature is enormous. He is famous as the Bard of Avon. He wrote about 38 plays and more than a hundred and fifty sonnets and poems. His famous players are Hamlet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night and Julius Caesar. Shakespeare had his plays performed in London and he became famous during his lifetime. The plays are so important and the lines spoken in them are etched in the memories who love to watch Shakespearean Theatre. Many movies have been made from his plays.


3. Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German music composer and pianist. He wrote many famous symphonies. He was born on 17 December,1770 and died on March 26, 1827. He was born in Bonn. He went to Vienna to study and further his musical career but the death of his mother brought him home to Bonn for five years. He went back to Vienna again in 1792 where he studied under Joseph Haydn. As the years progressed he wrote concertos, symphonies and piano sonatas. His many famous symphonies are the fifth and the ninth. The prolific Beethoven continued writing music even after he turned deaf.


4. Auguste Escoffier

Auguste Escoffier was a French chef. He was born on 28 October in 1846 in Villeneuve-Loubert, France. He died on 12th February 1935 at Monte Carlo, Monaco. Escoffier was known as the king of chefs in France. He is credited with developing modern French cuisine. It was because of Escoffier that Chefs became respected by society. He published the book Le Guide Culinaire, which is a text book for chefs even today. Kaiser Wilhelm II gave him the title of Emperor of Chefs.


5. Antonio Stradivari

Antonio Stradivari and his family members are famous for making the celebrated violins. He was born in 1644 and died in 1737. He was the manufacturer of violins, cellos and guitars. These are priced in millions of dollars today. By 1680 Antonio had a reputation as a violin maker. From 1700 to his death he made darkly varnished and a little longer violins. A cello currently used by Yo-Yo Ma is a Stradivarius. A Stradivarius was owned by the fictional character Sherlock Holmes. The violins are made of a mixture of three trees, that is, spruce, willow and maple.


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