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Leonardo Da Vinci was an Italian artist who dabbled in lots of subjects and who especially enjoyed painting. His most famous pieces of art include the portrait of Mona Lisa and the Last Supper painting.
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Key Facts & Information
- Leonardo was born on April 15, 1452 in Vinci, Italy.
- He displayed great artistic talent from the age of 5, and impressed many people with his drawings, paintings, and his creativity in general.
- He lived in his mother’s home in Anchiano for the first five years of his childhood.
- Beginning in 1457, he lived in Vinci with his father, who was a wealthy notary.
- He lived during the Italian Renaissance, which was a period of cultural change, where the times changed from Medieval to Early Modern Europe.
APPRENTICE TO ANDREA DEL VERROCCHIO
- When he was 14, Leonardo became an apprentice to a famous artist named Andrea del Verrocchio.
- He impressed del Verrocchio with his talent, and it was even said that Leonardo created and developed his own paints.
- When he was an apprentice, Leonardo learned a lot about drawing, painting, and other art forms, and also about metalworking, plaster casting, leather working, and much more.
- Leonardo kept lots of journals of his sketches – some of which included mock-ups of machines, anatomy, instruments, and pieces of architecture.
- Although Leonardo was accepted into the painter’s guild in Florence in 1472, he continued to apprentice with del Verrocchio because he admired him and his talent so much.
- His desire to learn and grow as an artist was matched by his desire to understand how things worked.
- Leonardo was known to have drawn calculators, war machines, hang gliders, buildings, war vehicles, bridges, weapons, tanks, submarines, human limbs, helicopters, pumps, bridges, muscles, skeletons, boats, instruments, flying machines, and much more.
- Leonardo was employed to design and construct various projects for different people.
LIST OF PROJECTS
- Below is a list of some of the projects Leonardo was commissioned to complete:
- The Adoration of the Magi (painting)
- An altarpiece for the chapel of St. Bernard
- The Virgin of the Rocks (painting)
- The Last Supper (painting)
- A silver lyre that’s shaped like a horse’s head
- Designs for a dome for the Milan Cathedral
- A model for an equestrian event
- Defense mechanisms as a military architect for troops in the Second Italian War
- He also spent a lot of his time observing birds and their flight patterns.
- Leonardo was also interested in the human body, and became an expert in its anatomy. As a result, he drew hundreds of pictures to explain his thoughts about the subject.
- He drew The Vitruvian Man, which was meant to represent the connection between proportions of the human body and geometry.
- One of his most famous paintings, The Last Supper, was completed in 1498, and depicts Jesus and his disciples before his capture and death. It is said to depict the moment Jesus predicted that one of his disciples would betray him, and the reaction it sparked.
- Perhaps his most famous painting, The Mona Lisa, shows a woman looking out at the viewer with a controversial, and much discussed, smile on her face. Her facial expressions have been interpreted differently by many people for hundreds of years.
- Flying was something Leonardo took an avid interest in, and he often sketched mock-ups of helicopters and hang-gliders.
- In his journals, there is evidence that he enjoyed drawing inventions – some of which were practical, and some that were not.
- During his life, Leonardo was highly valued as a civil engineer. He even drew out a system of moveable barricades to protect Venice from attack during the Second Italian War of 1499.
- In his later years, Leonardo lived at the Vatican.
- Raphael and Michelangelo, two other famous artists, were working at the Vatican at that time as well.
- Leonardo Da Vinci died on May 2, 1519.
- It has been said that the King of France actually held Leonardo in his arms when he died; although some people think this is just a made-up story.
- Today, Leonardo is known around the world as a famous painter, but also as one of the most multi-talented individuals who ever lived.
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