Leonardo da Vinci

By: Ivan P

Leonardo da Vinci's picture

About Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was a very famous artist in the Renaissance era. He was well known for works like The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Vitruvian Man, Lady with an Ermine and many more. Leonardo was also a person who always had ideas. He carried a notebook with him wherever he went to write down all of his ideas. But today only two of his notebooks are known to still exist. Sadly Leonardo da Vinci died on May 2nd, 1519.

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

Da Vinci dug up bodies for anatomy

One problem with Leonardo da Vinci was that he bug up bodies for anatomy. This is nowadays frowned upon. He would literally go to a graveyard and dig them up. A solution to this would be that he may ask people on death's door if they would like to donate their bodies to science. Or he could ask the Church of government if he could dig up the bodies. So at least they knew about his activities.  

Timeline of Leonardo's life

6 steps to think like Leonardo

1. Have curiosity in things around you: Leonardo’s intense curiosity and desire to understand all things lead him to develop an investigative/detective life, in a constant pursue to discover and absorb the world inside and outside him. He also believed that “the knowledge of all things is possible.”

2. Have independent thinking: Leonardo was a thorough and critical examiner of his own work and he constantly refined his understanding.

3. Refine your senses: Saper Vedere (knowing how to see) was one of Leonardo’s mottoes and it defined the whole of his artistic contribution to humanity. He believed that experience was delivered through the senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.

In a remark he noted that the average person,

Looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odor or fragrance, and talks without thinking.

4. Approach Uncertainty: We can’t make use of our full creative potential without the ability to embrace uncertainty. The more clear it all becomes, the more we realize the little we know, and like Da Vinci, we accept our role as forever students of question. An open, always questioning mind is our creativity’s best ally.

5. Use your whole brain when you think: Perhaps one of the best things about Da Vinci was that he embraced whole brain thinking.

6. Body and mind care: Intelligence is often mistakenly associated with physical inability or poor health habits. But most of the greatest geniuses in history — headed by Da Vinci — did not just enhance their minds, but also enjoyed a good physique and cared for their body.  

Cause and Effect of Leonardo's paintings

The cause of Leonardo's work was either he was hired for a job or for other reasons.The impact of Leonardo's work was very big. Da Vinci was a master painter, whose work is an excellent example of Italian Renaissance concepts, techniques, and typical subject material of the 15th and 16th century. Like other Renaissance painters, da Vinci concentrated on religious or semi-religious material for his themes, but he also did portraiture, which was an important part of his income during his life. So at the time lots of people went to Church and believed in God. So this type of style that Da Vinci illustrated impacted lots of people.

Leonardo and Michelangelo

Leonardo and Michelangelo were both very famous painters during the Renaissance. Both are considered greats of their time. Leonardo's style was High Renaissance and he painted with pastel. Leonardo also kept journals in which he wrote all of his ideas down in. Michelangelo's style was Italian Renaissance and High Renaissance and he painted with water-based colors for his murals i.e Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo spent four years working on the Sistine Chapel.  

Glossary

Renaissance- The Renaissance is a period from the 14th to the 17th century, considered the bridge between the Middle Ages and Modern history. It started as a cultural movement in Italy in the Late Medieval period and later spread to the rest of Europe.

May 2nd, 1519- Leonardo da Vinci's death date.

Master Painter- A very experienced and achieved painter.

Portraiture- Is the art of drawing professional portraits.

Michelangelo-Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance.

High Renaissance- High Renaissance art, which was popular for about 35 years, from the early 1490's to 1527, when Rome was attacked by imperial troops, revolved around three large figures: Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), Michelangelo (1475–1564), and Raphael (1483–1520).

Pastel- A crayon made with colored powder

The Last Supper- A famous painting made by Leonardo da Vinci depicting Jesus eating the last supper with his disciples.

Quiz

1.When was Leonardo born? :

2.What was Leonardo's most famous painting? :

3.When was the last supper completed? :

4.Where did Leonardo die? :

5.When did Leonardo die :( ?

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