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.
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.
- Secondary sources
- Heinrich F. Plett, Rhetoric and Renaissance Culture (De Gruyter, 2004, esp. pp. 297–364). ISBN 3-11-017461-8
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