Greatest artistic geniuses

In genius studies, greatest artistic geniuses, in the visual sense (compare: greatest musical geniuses), refers to the greatest painters, sketchers, etchers, and sculpture makers ever.

In c.1500, Leonardo da Vinci, in his Codes Ashburnham, Manuscript 2038, 19 recto, 19 vrso and 20 recto, penned a short discussion as to who was more of a genius: the poet or the painter; which reads as follows: [1]

“If you call painting ‘dumb poetry’, then the painter may say of the poet that his art is ‘blind painting’. Consider then which is the more grievous affliction, to be blind or be dumb! Although the poet has a wide a choice of subjects as the painter, his creations fail to afford as much satisfaction to mankind as do paintings, for while poetry attempts to represent forms, actions and scenes with words, the painter employs the exact images of these forms in order to reproduce them. Consider, then, which is more fundamental to man: the name of man or his image? The name changes with change of country; the form is unchanged except by death.”

Da Vinci, in short, believed that the painter was more of a genius than the poet.

IQ | Rankings
The following, a work in progress, are some of the artistic geniuses:




Leonardo da VinciLeonardo da Vinci
 IQ_O \,=260
IQ SS=250
IQ BR=233
 IQ_B \,=220
 IQ_O \,=210
 IQ_{CB} \,=200
 IQ_C \,=180
 IQ_W \,=167
Mona Lisa(Cattell 1000:86) [RGM:1|1,310+] (Murray 4000:3|T / 4|WA) (RMS:13) [GEE] [LPKE] [uberman] (CR:84|#51) Italian artist, technologist, polymath, universal genius, physicist, astronomer, and general philosopher; note for: blue sky problem theorist; animal heat theory, engineering, warfare technology, flight; said to have utilized a "sleep formula", sleeping no more than four hours at a time, so to optimize his intellectual output; heliocentrism advocate; gets upgrade (above Galileo) for, supposedly, doing a pumpkin growing variant of Johann Helmont’s later more-popular willow growing experiment; IQ of 260 (Araugo, 2017).

 IQ_{CB} \,=178
 IQ_C \,=180
 IQ_B \,=175
God vs Gibbs(Cattell 1000:28) [RGM:11|1,320+] (Murray 4000:1|WA) Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet; a Nietzsche uberman; painter of the "Creation of Adam" (see: God vs Gibbs).

Leon Alberti 75Leon Alberti
 IQ_B \,=180(Cattell 1000:N/A) [RGM:N/A|1,300+] (Murray 4000:N/A) Italian humanist author, artist, architect, poet, priest, linguist, philosopher and cryptographer; epitomized the ‘renaissance man’.

icon 75 (test)Phidias
 IQ_B \,=180(Cattell 1000:402) [RGM:222|1,330+] (Murray 4000:N/A) Greek sculptor; noted for statue of Zeus at Olympia, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Salvador Dali 75Salvador Dali
 IQ_B \,=180Melting clocks[RGM:170|1,300+] (Murray 4000:N/A) Spanish surreal artist; noted for melting clock painting, i.e. The Persistence of a Memory (1931); when asked by Ilya Prigogine whether this art piece had something to do with Einstein’s relativity theory, Dalí replied that the soft watches were not inspired by the theory of relativity, but by the surrealist perception of a Camembert (cheese circle) melting in the sun; ; considered himself a “genius” as describes in his Diary of a Genius (1964) (Ѻ), akin to a striving to be “Nietzsche of the irrational” or an “almost divine genius like Raphael”, or something to this effect.

Pablo Picasso 75Pablo Picasso
 IQ_B \,=175
IQ SS=175
[RGM:347|1,500+] (Murray 4000:3|WA) Spanish-born French painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright.

Marcel Duchamp 75Marcel Duchamp
(1887-1968) ↓
 IQ_B \,=180[RGM:N/A|1,500+] French-American painter, sculptor, chess player and writer;

Raphael 75Raphael
 IQ_{CB} \,=170
 IQ_C \,=170
 IQ_B \,=170
(Cattell 1000:22) [RGM:60|1,320+] (Murray 4000:3|WA) Italian painter and architect; best known for The School of Athens (1511).

Vincent van Gogh 75Vincent van Gogh
 IQ_O \,=150-200
 IQ_O \,=150+
The Potato Eaters[RGM:70|1,500+] (Murray 4000:18|WA) Dutch Post-Impressionist painter; in about a decade, he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his existence; noted works: The Starry Night (1889), Irises (1889), Sunflowers (c.1885), The Potato Eaters (1885), and Café Terrance at Night (1888); IQ:150+ (Ѻ), IQ:150-200 (Ѻ); top 1000 missing candidate (Jan 2019); first-slating: 165|#450 (Jan 2019).

Auguste RodinAuguste Rodin

Rodin (The Thinker and The Kiss)[RGM:352|1,500+] (Collins 20:8) French sculptor;

“To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.”
— Auguste Rodin (c.1900)

Noted for: The Thinker (1902), The Kiss (1882), Monument to Balzac (1898) (Ѻ), and The Gates of Hell (1917); Ruth Butler’s Rodin: the Shape of Genius (1996) recounts the “myths that have grown up around him”; first-slating: 165|#506 (Jan 2019).

Sandro Botticelli 75Sandro Botticelli

Venus and Mars (labeled)(Cattell 1000:N/A) [RGM:160|1,320+] (Murray 4000:N/A) Italian painter; noted for: The Birth of Venus, e.g. as illustrated in the Lucretius article, Sistine Chapel works, etc.; first-slating: 160|#440 (Feb 2018) per crude artistic geniuses rankings.

Titian 75Titian
 IQ_B \,=145(Cattell 1000:146) [RGM:200|1,500+] (Murray 4000:3|WA) Italian painter;

“Giotto, Titian, Rembrandt, and Goya were the great painters. I am only a public clown.”
— Pablo Picasso (1952), Interview (Ѻ)

Noted for: Assumption of the Virgin (1518), Venus of Urbino (1534), Diana and Actaeon (1559), among others; upgraded from IQ:145|#662 to IQ:155|#582.

Rembrandt 75 Rembrandt
 IQ_{CB} \,=150
 IQ_C \,=155
 IQ_B \,=145
 IQ_O \,=110
The Night Watch s(Cattell 1000:168) [RGM:93|1,500+] (Murray 4000:7|WA) Dutch draughtsman, painter and printmaker;

“A pious mind, paces honor above wealth.”
— Rembrandt (1634) (Ѻ)

“Giotto, Titian, Rembrandt, and Goya were the great painters. I am only a public clown.”
— Pablo Picasso (1952), Interview (Ѻ)

regarded as the greatest artist of Holland's ‘golden age’; his “Pendant Portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit”, which sold for $190M, is the eight most expensive painting (Ѻ) in history; is ranked #4 in’s Best Painters of All Time (Ѻ) listing; his “The Night Watch”, adjacent, is ranked at #23 “Best Paintings of All Time” (Ѻ) out of 200; IQ cited at 110 (Cawley, 2006) (Ѻ).

Claude Monet 75Claude Monet

[RGM:119|1,500+] (Collins 20:7) French impressionist painter; best known for his series of serene water lilies paintings; first-slating: IQ:145|#662 (Jan 2019).


Murray 4000 | Western Art Collins Top 20

The following are the top twenty "western artists" from the Murray 4000 rankings:

1. Michelangelo check mark (Green)
2. Pablo Picasso check mark (Green)
3. Raphael check mark (Green)
4. Leonardo da Vincicheck mark (Green)
5. Titiancheck mark (Green)
6. Albrecht Durer
7. Rembrandtcheck mark (Green)
8. Giotto
9. Gian Bernini
10. Paul Cezanne
11. Peter Rubens
12. Caravaggio
13. Diego Velazquez
14. Donatello
15. Jan van Eyck
16. Francisco Goya
17. Claude Monet check mark (Green)
18. Masaccio
19. Vincent van Gogh check mark (Green)
20. Paul Gauguin

The following is Neil Collins’ 2009 (Ѻ) ranking of the top 20 Greatest Painters and Sculptors, from his online Art Encyclopedia:

1. Michelangelo (1475-1564) check mark (Green)
2. Rembrandt (1606-1669) check mark (Green)
3. Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) check mark (Green)
4. Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)check mark (Green)
5. J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851)
6. Donatello (1386-1466)
7. Claude Monet (1840-1926) check mark (Green)
8. Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) check mark (Green)
9. Jan van Eyck (1390-1441)
10. Peter Rubens (1577-1640)
11. Raphael (1483-1520) check mark (Green)
12. Diego Velazquez (1599-1660)
13. Jan Vermer (1632-1675)
14. Caravaggio (1573-1610)
15. Giambologna (1529-1608)
16. Titan (1488-1576) check mark (Green)
17. John Constable (17876-1837)
18. Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)
19. Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
20. Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920)

1. Da Vinci, Leonardo. (c.1518). The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci (pgs. 45-46). Arcturus, 2017.

See also
Middle agees genius

External links
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12 Greatest Visual Artists of All Time –

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