Leonardo DaVinci: The Renaissance Man

From Mona Lisa to Architecture to Science

In true Renaissance man style, Leonardo excelled in all manner of disciplines and as a painter, sculptor, and scientist.

Artist Leonardo DaVinci was the model of the Renaissance man. Leonardo Da Vinci was a man of many worlds. As a master of both of art and science, Leonardo, worked as a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer, inventor, and scientist.

His lasting contributions and genius left its mark in many areas and his works continue to inspire contemporary audiences. Da Vinci was born in the Tuscan village of Vinci in 1452, Leonardo’s remarkably incomplete formal training began at the studio of Andrea Verrochio, with an apprenticeship, sometime around 1472. At the start of his artistic career, Leonardo began to develop an extremely inventive painting method and daring experimental process that would later define the standard for works of the High Renaissance.

Davinci and Architecture

The High Renaissance was the culmination of the many experimental artistic developments during the Early Renaissance, and lead to one of the most dynamic periods of creative brilliance in the history of the world. It is time noted for giving the world, arguably the three of the greatest artists in history: Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael Sanzio.

Davinci Inspires Art

The artistic styles of the time continued to evolve and by the 1520s, the High Renaissance art had adapted and morphed into the style that would become known as Mannerism. Mannerist Art is characterized by a intricate composition, with muscular and lengthened figures in complicated posing of the subjects.

Davinci and Architecture

Leonardo’s advances, including the introduction of classic architecture and the use balance to his painting, the use of a concept called pyramidal composition that draws the eye toward the image, and a subtle technique of tonal modeling that Leonardo called sfumato which overlaps translucent layers of color and creates impression of form, depth, and volume.

The Mona Lisa

The irony of Da Vinci‚Äôs genius and precise techniques meant that few have survived and that even fewer still were ever finished. Da Vinci only completed ten paintings but two of the most celebrated paintings in history being the “Last Supper” and the “Mona Lisa.” The paintings themselves have been the subject of countless movies, books, and articles.

The mysterious smirk that graces the “Mona Lisa” has intrigued viewers for centuries and may have held a singular worth for Leonardo because he never parted with that particular painting, and it was among his personal effects that were listed when he passed away in 1519.

Davinci Designs Weaponry

Leonardo’s unusual and brilliant notebooks reveal his obsession with a variety of different subjects and are filled with insightful observations and extremely intricate and detailed sketches of an astonishing range of topics from human and animal anatomy to mechanical weaponry.

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