5 times that ‘The Simpsons’ parodied Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo (and you can see in Star Plus)

Throughout its more than 30 seasons, ‘The Simpsons’ have paid tribute to, and also made parodies of, different works created by the most famous Renaissance artists, including Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo.

The Renaissance is one of the most famous periods in Western history.. A time of artistic, cultural, political and scientific changes influenced by two great trends of thought: humanism and religion. It was Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) who began to write about the different stages of the Renaissance, and thanks to his texts -in some biased and obstinate passages-, Renaissance art was proclaimed as the pinnacle of all Western art, precisely the time where they develop classics like Romeo and Juliet, even The Serpent Queen and Elizabeth: The Golden Age with Cate Blanchett.
We now see the Renaissance seeping into audiovisual products again and again, becoming a timeless trend, constantly reinventing itself within pop culture. An example of this are the multiple references to Renaissance art that appear in the animated series created by Matt Groening, The Simpsons. Throughout its 33 seasons, we have seen the most famous works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Sandro Botticelli parade, accompanying the adventures of the yellow family of Springfield, which never ceases to be a classic of the streaming service. StarPlus.

1.- “Tommy, Daly and Marge” (S2, E9)

Marge hates the depiction of violence in cartoons and, with the support of the conservative section of Springfield, launches a series of campaigns to censor Bart and Lisa’s favorite cartoon. However, when the local museum has the privilege of housing “The David”the monumental marble sculpture made around 1504 by the also painter Michelangelo Buonarrottianother conservative group, now headed by Mod Flanders and Helen Alegria, opposes the exhibit because it involves frontal nudity.

“El David”, the monumental marble sculpture made around 1504 by Michelangelo Buonarrotti.

2.- “The last temptation of Homer” (S5, E9)

A woman named Mindy is hired at the Springfield Nuclear Plant. She is interested in Homer, while he must fight against her attraction to her because he is worried about a possible marriage breakup. The first time Homer sees the woman, he begins to generate a fantasy in which, based on the work of Sandro Botticelli, “The Birth of Venus” (1486), visualizes Mindy as the Roman goddess of beauty and erotic love. You can watch this episode on StarPlus.

“The Birth of Venus” was written by Sandro Botticelli in 1486.

The imaginary scene is complemented by the presence of Lenny and Carl as two cherubs flanking the nude woman. However, this last detail is a creative freedom of the authors of the animated series, since in the original work the characters that accompany Venus are Céfiro (the west wind), the nymph Chloris and one of the Horai, who prepares to dress her with a mantle of flowers. As you can read, The Simpsons can be more than just a crazy family that can have crossovers with Alien.

3.- “A starry star” (S6, E18)

Marge suggests that Springfield host a film festival to combat the news that the city is the most anti-intellectual in the world. Jay Sherman, the film critic who stars in the animated series The Criticsflies to Springfield to be one of the judges, and a jealous Homer urges Marge to be on the movie jury as well.

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“The Creation of Adam”, a fresco on the vault of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo Buonarrotti around 1511.

Meanwhile, Mr. Burns uses the film festival as an opportunity to boost his huge ego by showing A Burns for All Seasonsa film financed by and starring him, whose opening titles adorn an image showing Mr. Burns touching the finger of God in a clear reference to “Adan creation” of Michelangelo Buonarrotti. This one goes beyond The Simpsons going to Comic-Con.

4.- “A new home” (S14, E5) and “House of Horror XIV – Stop the world” (S15, E1)

More than in the horror genre and in a tone that oscillates from science fiction to fantasy, Bart asks for a stopwatch that allows him and Milhouse to freeze time at will to play practical jokes.. Almost immediately, Lisa is the butt of the first prank. Bart stops her midway, sticks his finger up her nose, and resets time. Marge quickly discovers her and scolds her.

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“La Gioconda”, one of the most famous paintings in the history of art, was made by Leonardo da Vinci in 1503.

Among the many pranks, Bart steals pictorial works that he stores in his room, among which “The Mona Lisa”, of Leonardo da Vinci. Also known as “Mona Lisa”, the work appears in the couch gag of episode 5 of season 14, hanging behind the family when she is already sitting on the sofa. This episode is funnier than The Da Vinci Code, isn’t it? Even Tom Hanks accepts it.

5. “Judgment Day” (S16, E19)

Interested, obsessed and worried about the end of the world, Homer begins to see warning signs of demons and rivers of blood falling from the sky until he formulates a prediction that the stars will come crashing down. In a nostalgic moment, in which Homer assumes that the Apocalypse is imminent, the painting of Jesus and his apostles is seen in “The Last Supper” (1495), by Leonardo da Vinci, on the garage wall that he uses as a reference to his doomsday prediction. You can also enjoy this episode by StarPlus.

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“The Last Supper” (1495), by Leonardo da Vinci, has established itself as an artistic, religious and cultural reference in the West.

5 times that ‘The Simpsons’ parodied Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo (and you can see in Star Plus)