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Paragone (Italian: paragone, meaning comparison), was a debate from the Italian Renaissance in which painting and sculpture (and to a degree architecture) were each championed as superior to - and therefore distinct from - the others.[1]

Leonardo da Vinci's treatise on painting, noting the difficulty of painting and supremacy of sight, is a noted example. Giorgio Vasari argues that drawing is the father of all arts, and as such, the most important one.[2]

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  1. ^ A., Bailey, Gauvin. Baroque and Rococo. London. p. 9. ISBN 9780714857428. OCLC 804911527.
  2. ^ Vasari, Giorgio (1550). Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects.
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