Why Leonardo Da Vinci And Michelangelo Couldn't Stand Each Other

Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, both of whom lived in the 1400s and 1500s, according to Britannica, created works of art that have been studied by many over the centuries, and those pieces are still admired by millions today. They were contemporaries and knew of each other, but purportedly their personalities could not have been any more different. 

The thing with da Vinci was that he would often work for a very long time on projects, only to quit them, via Live Science. The one exception was when he was working on a statue, and it wound up being shot to pieces by invading forces, which was not his fault, per National Geographic. Per The Guardian, he didn't even finish his most famous painting, "The Mona Lisa." There is no denying his brilliance, though. 

Michelangelo, on the other hand, was an incredibly prolific artist, who was known for his sculptures and paintings, including those in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. Those paintings include "The Creation of Adam" and other scenes from the Book of Genesis. The work he did there over the course of four years caused his eyes to go bad due to the exertion, per PubMed.

The two of them, while being arguably the best artists of their time and even possibly the best in history, were not that fond of each other. This started in 1503 and 1504 when they were both commissioned to do a painting in Florence, according to another Guardian article. 

Michelangelo was a prickly personality

While they were never rivals to the point where they would fight, it was more like continued mocking and razzing, according to The Guardian. They were rough on each other about the commissions. If they lived in modern times, the two would probably be talking trash to each other on social media. Still, it was more Michelangelo who did the verbal jousting with da Vinci than the other way around. This may have been in part due to the fact that he was much younger than da Vinci, so it may have been his youthfulness that drove him to it. He liked to talk about how slow da Vinci was when it came to projects, and the elder painter gave him fuel by not finishing the painting commission that they were competing on. Raphael, another great artist of the time, was also a frequent target of his scorn and received the same feeling back, according to Roma Experience.  

Per Britannica, Michelangelo was also someone who did not like the company of many people at all. He lived a very, very modest life, and only focused on his art for much of the time. That lack of social interaction may have also made him quite rough around the edges. There was also a good amount of ego involved among all three, and that would heighten any insults or hurt feelings. What might soothe them is that all three of them are remembered today for their greatness in art.