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Leonardo da vinci

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Paul Kim
Art
Dr. Rohrs
April 8, 2002
Leonardo da Vinci
Da Vinci was born April 15, 1452, and died May 2, 1519. He would wear pink to
make his complexion look fresher. Leonardo never attended public school. He was raised
by his single father (http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/projects/renaissance/davinci.html).
In the mid-1460s the family settled in Florence, where Leonardo was given the best
education that Florence, the intellectual and artistic center of Italy, could offer. In
Verrocchio’s Baptism of Christ (http://www.geocities.com/ksalce2001/biography.html).
Leonardo had no interest in women; he spent most of his time painting. Five years later
he became a member of the guild of St. Luke, a painters’ guild in Florence. Four years
later he worked as an independent artist at his own studio in Florence
(http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/projects/renaissance/davinci.html).

In 1483 he started to paint the first version of theVirgin. He finished it in 1485. In
1495 he made a clay model for the statue of Francesco Forza, and put it on display. In
1486 he began to explore human flight. In 1500 he went to Mantua. Da Vinci studied
philosophy, natural history, anatomy, biology, medicine, optics, acoustics, science,
mathematics and hydraulics
(http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/projects/renaissance/davinci.html).

Da Vinci was an architect, musician, engineer, scientist and inventor. He sketched
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the first parachute, first helicopter, first aeroplane, first tank, first repeating rifle,
swinging bridge, paddleboat and first motorcar. Da Vinci designed machines of war as
well. He was one of the first artists to sketch outdoor portraits. Da Vinci was a sculptor
and designer of costumes. He was also a mathematician and a botanist
(http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/projects/renaissance/davinci.html).
When he was twenty-one he painted the Annunication. In 1481 da Vinci painted
The Adoration of the Magi. In 1475 da Vinci painted an angel in Verrocchio’s Baptism of
Christ. One of Leonardo’s greatest pieces of art was the Mona Lisa, (1404) which was
famous for her mysterious smile when piano music played. The Mona Lisa took
Leonardo six years to complete. After he was done the painting the King of France
bought it. Leonardo did not want to part with the portrait, so the King of France let him
keep it in his studio until he died
(http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/projects/renaissance/davinci.html).

From 1495 to 1497 Leonardo labored on his masterpiece, The Last Supper, a
mural in the refectory of the Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan. During his
long stay in Milan, Leonardo also produced other paintings and drawings (most of which
have been lost), theater designs, architectural drawings, and models for the dome of
Milan Cathedral. In December 1499, however, the Sforza family was driven from Milan
by French forces; Leonardo left the statue unfinished and he returned to Florence in 1500
(http://www.geocities.com/ksalce2001/biography.html). It has become the most famous
painting in the world. Leonardo was also very proud of his Self Portrait, which he painted
it in 1515, four years before he died
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(http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/projects/renaissance/davinci.html).
Da Vinci drew the first relaxed portraits with misty landscapes in the background.
He used warm and passionate colors to create the misty look on the landscapes. Da
Vinci had a different way of painting with mixing colors. Da Vinci did not put eyebrows
on his painting (http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/projects/renaissance/davinci.html).
Da Vinci changed the way people painted and made sculptures. Da Vinci was
famous for the way he used light in his portraits. It seemed as if you could see into the
soul of the paintings (http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/projects/renaissance/davinci.html).
As a scientist Leonardo towered above all his contemporaries. His scientific
theories, like his artistic innovations, were based on careful observation and precise
documentation. Leonardo actually anticipated many discoveries of modern times
(http://www.geocities.com/ksalce2001/biography.html).



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Work Cited
Biography of Leonardo da Vinci. 3 Apr. 2002
<http://www.geocities.com/ksalce2001/biography.html>
Da Vinci. 3 Apr. 2002
<http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/projects/renaissance/davinci.html>




Leonardo da Vinci

Paul Kim
Dr. Rohrs
Introduction to Art
8 April 2002