[2015] Madison Katinger: The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci

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[2015] Madison Katinger: The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci

Art makes the world go 'round

Leonardo Da Vinci lived from 1452 to 1519. He was a painter, architect, inventor, and a brilliant man for his time. His two most famous paintings were "The Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper". He filled dozens of notebooks with many inventions, observations and theories. He left his home of Italy in 1516 when the French ruler offered him the title of “Premier Painter and Engineer and Architect to the King". Da Vinci died at Cloux in 1519 when he was 67.

The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci

Who was he?

The Mona Lisa was painted from 1504 to 1519. It was created under the request of Lisa Gherardini's husband, Francesco Del Giocondo. The husband wanted the painting of his wife to celebrate their home being finished, and to celebrate the birth of their second son.

The Mona Lisa

The first invention (top photo to the left) is the "aerial screw". The "blades" were made out of linen and when turned fast enough, they were intended to produce lift. Air pressure would've built up under each blade, forcing the device into the air. This same concept is used for airplanes and helicoptors. The second invention (bottom photo to the left) is the "giant crossbow". Da Vinci understood that the fear of a weapon was just as important as the damage it caused. Made only to intimidate, the crossbow was 27 yards across! It was made to fire large stones or flaming bombs instead of arrows and was operated by a crank.




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