Leonardo da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 in the small Tucson town of Anchiano, near Florence. He was a cartographer, musician, bonanist, architect, writer, mathematician, sculptor,geologist, military engineer, painter, anatomist, and inventor. Leonardo da Vinci didn't have much of a proper education. When Leonardao da Vinci was 15, he mastered skills in the fine arts. Art for Leonardo da Vinci was a natural talent. He was sent to Florence to work as a apprentice in a workshop of a person named Andrea del Verrocchio because of his father. At 20, Leonardo was accepted into the painters' guild of Florence. Later, he move to Milan to work in the service of the city's duke, Ludovico Sforza. He was then is known as the "painter and engineer of the duke." As his life goes he creates many paintings that evryone today still loves. Because of his great art he is known as the “Renaissance man.”

Art Work and Drawings

April 15, 1492 -Born 1467 - Sent to Flourence1472 - eccepted into the painters' guild of FLourence1482 - Moves to Milan1483- Virgin of thr Rocks1485 - Lady with an Ermine1495 - Begins The Last Supper1498- Finished The Last Supper1500- Begins the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne. Finishes 10 years later1500- returns to Flourence1502- works as a senior military architect and general engineer1503- commissioned to paint Mona Lisa1503-commissioned to paint a mural for the council hall in Flourince's Palazzo Vecchio1515- St.John the Baptist1516- king of France invites Leonardo to work for himMay 2, 1519- Leonado dies


Mona Lisa. It was started in 1503. This painting was Leonardo's favorite of his art work. Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings around. It has been stated that the painting was commisioned by a merchant named Francesco del Giocondo along with his wife Lisa. Mona Lisa is an oil painting. There is alot of technique in the painting that many people love and that's one reason why it is so special.


Leonardo da Vinci

Along side from Leonardo da Vinci's artwork, he was also an inventor. These inventions weren't made during his time but he sketched his inventions in his notebooks.


Leonardo da vinci made a revolving bride for the Sforza which was another invention from Leonardo. The revolving bridge was for the people in the army. The bridge would go across a moat or stream. The bridge had wheels and it involved a rope-and-pulley system for both quick employment and easy transport. It also had a counterweight tank so it would be balanced. In Leonardo da Vinci's notes he wrote " light yet rugged." This decribed how he wanted the bridge to be. This is not the only bridge he designed for the Duke.

The parachute was one of Leonardo da vinci's inventions. Leonardo's parachute consisted of sealed linen cloth held open by a pyramid of wooden poles, about seven metres long (about 23 feet). In his notebook he wrote that with this device, anyone can jump off of any height and will not be injured.

The flying machine is one of Leonardo's inventions. This invention was also known as the ornithopter and it is one of his most famous inventions. The design for this invention is inspired by the flight of winged animals. It is what da Vinci hoped to replicate by creating this invention. In his notes, he mentions bats, kites and birds as sources of inspiration for the flying machine. Leonardo's flying machine had a wingspan that exceeded 33 feet, and the frame was to be made of pine covered in raw silk to create a light membrane but also a sturdy membrane. In his notes, the pilot would lie face down in the center of the invention on a board. For the wings to be powered , the pilot would pedal a crank connected to a rod-and-pulley system. The machine also had a hand crank for increased energy output, and along with a head piece for the pilot to steer. When the pilot would use his or her hands and feet to crank the machine, the wings were designed to twist while they are flapping.

Leonardo invented scuba gear. Leonardo loved the water. He designed the scuba gear to attack enemies ship's from under water. The scuba gear was a leather diving suit that had a bag-like mask that would go over the diver's head.Contected to the mask around the nose was two cane tubes and they led up to a cork diving bell that floats on the top of the surface.

(1495-1499) The Last Supper. In 1495 Leonardo was commissioned by Ludovico il Moro to paint a wall in the refectory of the Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. In this painting he manages to make it come to life by the personification of eachof the twelve disciples.In this painting , he divides the twelve disiples into groups of three and they surround Christ. In this painting he expresses the Divine Trinity through Christ. This painting includes geometric shapes that form this masterpiece.

Leonardo da Vinci is best known for his art work. Two of his most famous works are the paints Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Leonardo also has a plethora of other paintings like Tobias and the Angel, The Baptism of Christ, The Annunciation, Ginevra de'Benci, The Madonna of the Carnation, Madonna with a Flower, Portrait of a Musician, The Virgin of the Rocks, and much more!

Through his art , Leonardo has a huge legacy. Leonardo da Vinci's art has been and will still be apart of our culture. On the day of his death, many people celebrate his legacy. Leonardo because of his art is well-known. His paintings represents the quote "a picture can paint a thousand words."

Vitruvian Man, made around the 1490's.Even though this isn't a painting and considered a drawing it still represents Leonardo's skills in art. The Vitruvian Man is the study of proportions. The drawing show's Leonardo’s interest in anatomy. Leonardo carried out dissections throughout his career and executed detailed drawings that involved both the interior workings of the body and its exterior form. According to Vitruvius, circles and squares represented the perfect geometrical units and could be used to create ideal spaces and this is what Leonardo showed in the Vitruvian Man.

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