LEONARDO DA VINCI:
A Man Ahead of His Time
Purpose & Publisher Information
My name is Arryn Crawford and I am a 6th grade student at Holman Middle School in Henrico County, Virginia. My Class is doing a research project on an important person in history and I chose Leonardo da Vinci. To be honest I first heard about Leonardo though a video game. When my mother explained to me that he was a real person I became very interested in this artist that had done so much. I wanted to learn more.
The Many Skills of Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was a painter, however he wasn’t just a painter, he was also an inventor, and one of the things he invented was the first flying machine. But that’s not all, he was also a writer, one of the things he did was write in journals and note books. He was also a sculptor, one of the things he sculpted was a small galloping horse with a rider. One of the most famous paintings he did was the painting of Mona Lisa. He painted his first few paintings while he was in his youth.
Leonardo's Bronze Horse
There are many sketches of Leonardo’s sculptures or ideas for sculptures. But one of his greatest sculptural projects would never be completed. Leonardo made many sketches of a huge Bronze equestrian statue for Francesco Sforza. He worked on this project from 1489 to 1494. Leonardo had contemplated two different poses for the horse to be positioned in, galloping or trotting, and decided on the trotting pose. In addition, he wanted to cast the bronze statue as one solid piece which was considered an insurmountable task due to the size of the sculpture. Even though this statue was not completed, Leonardo’s sketches showing equine movement had strong influences on the development of equestrian statues in the 16th century.
Life & Death of Leonardo da Vinci
In 1452 Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was born in Vinci, Italy. His mother was Caterina and his father was Francesco. Then, in 1454, when he was 2 years old, he went to live with Mona Lisa. In 1467 Leonardo turned five and went to live with his father on the other side of Vinci, Italy. Then in 1466 when he turned 15, he went to the magnificent city of Florence to live with his father and apprentice to the artist Andrea del Verrocchio. Then finally in 1519 the great Leonardo da Vinci died at the age of 67.
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