Leonardo da vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci was a man of many worlds. He was a
great influence inhis time. Leonardo was known as many
things. He was known as a sculptor, architect, writer,
musician,philosopher, engineer, and scientist. But most of
all he was known for his impressive paintings that
influenced the world.
Leonardo was born in Anchiano, Italy on April 15, 1452,
to Piero Da Vinci, a prominent public official in Florence,
and a peasant woman named Caterina. He was born out of
wedlock and shortly after his birth they were married, but
not to each other. As an infant, Leonardo was cared for by
other family members; his uncles, grandmother, and Aunts.
Later, his father took him into his own house where he was
forced to join and get along with half-brothers and
half-sisters. While living with his father, he was
receiving the best education he could get and his talents
and intelligence started to show at a very early age. In
1469, by the age of 17, his father sent him to study in the
workshop of a well-known Italian Renaissance master named
Andrea lV Errocchio. He remained there until 1476 and
Leonardo had picked up a variety of skills. He spent
several years there practicing a variety of things such as
drafting engineering, architecture, and building, but most
of all he studied painting and drawing.
Leonardo was assigned to build a golden sphere and cross to
sit on top of the domed cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiori.
It was a huge project that required complicated mathematical
calculations and casting techniques. Although most people
think of Leonardo da Vinci as an artist,he was also known
for other things. Throughout his life, he had some
incredible ideas in the area of science. He has sketched
out many amazing designs for working machines and
technology. The amazing thing about this was that none of
DA Vinci’s inventions or creations were even recognized or
expanded upon until 300 to 400 years later. Like the
airplane or glider, Leonardo invented or developed these
incredible machines, but they were not expanded upon until
years later. He was also known as a man of science because
of his drawings of the human body. In his free time,
Leonardo decided to figure out how the human body works.

Around 1503 he dissected over 25 human bodies and made
sketches and notes in order to figure the human body out.

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Not only was he very smart, but we all know that he
had wonderful hands that painted like none of us could ever
dream of doing. Some of his paintings like “The Last
Supper” and the “Mona Lisa” are the popular paintings of
the Renaissance period. He also painted “Portrait of
Ginevra de Benci”, “Annunciation”, “Lady with an Ermine”,
“Portrait of a Musician”, “La BelleFerroniere”, “Madonna of
the Rocks”, and “Virgin and Child with St. Anne”.In 1493,
Leonardo began to paint one of his most famous work, “The
Last Supper” in a convent located just outside of Milian.
This painting took Leonardo about three years to complete
and has been named as the ultimate mark of the Renaissance.
It was finally finished in 1496. After that,he spent most
of his time running back and forth between Milian and
Florence, working on a variety of scientific, engineering
and artistic projects. The “Mona Lisa”, also known as the
“La Giaconda”, is the most famous and the most studied
portrait ever painted. Previously, it was thought to have
been painted in 1503, but it is now thought to have been
completed sometime between 1514 and 1516. A major question
of this famous painting is that everybody wants to know who
exactly posed for this painting? There are a different
variety of people that they have in mind, Francesco del
Gioconda, or one of the two duchesses, both mistresses of
Giuliana deMedici (a friend of Leonardo’s that lives in
Rome). Another possible suspect for the painting is
Leonardo da Vinci himself. Leonardo has recorded in his
notebook all of the models that posed for him, their real
names, where they were from, that kind of stuff, but there
is no record of the model for the Mona Lisa anywhere. Dr.

Lillian Schwartz suggested that Leonardo painted himself.
She come up with this By the facial expressions and other
features in the painting. What she did is she flipped the
self-portrait of Leonardo and lined it up with the Mona Lisa
and put it together and the facial features and expressions
were identical. However,one thing is certain, the Mona Lisa
is Leonardo’s most famous work.During the last years of
his life, Leonardo worked for Francis I, who felt that “no
other man had ever been born into the world who knew as much
as Leonardo”.
Leonardo knew his time was coming, so on April 23,1518,
he made a will leaving his work to Francesco de Melzi, who
had been his student for many years. On May 2, 1519, the
great artist dies at the age of sixty-seven.An artistic and
scientific genius, Leonardo had a deep effect on the world.

He helped usher in the Renaissance and the scientific
revolution. Leonardo will always be remembered by all
generations and I think his paintings, inventions, and
sculptures will never die.
Bibliography
Leonardo Gilbert Creighton. Leonardo da Vinci. The
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia ofWorld Biography. McGraw-Hill
Publishing Company. Pages 437-442.Copyright 1973.


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Pages 250-256.Copyright 1995.