A Renaissance man: Leonardo da Vinci

 

 

   Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452 and died in 1519. He was an artist, researcher and thinker of the italian Renaissance. He was the illegitimate son of a Florentine lawyer, who didn´t allow him to meet his mother, a modest peasant.

 

   He trained as an artist in Florence in the workshop of Andrea Verrocchio, but almost everything of his career was developed in Milan (where he stayed between 1489 and 1499 under the patronage of Duke Ludovico Sforza, called the Moor) and Rome (where he worked for Giulio de 'Medici). Although he practiced the three visual arts, has not kept any of his sculptures and it seems that none of the buildings he designed, was never built, so his work as a sculptor and architect is only evidence in his personal notes. 

 

    So the most important art he did was paintings

  • He created the technique of sfumato and the characteristics of his works were:

  • Symmetry in his compositions, framed geometrically.

  • A love of detail.

  • Prior preparation before the execution of the piece

 

The most important works are:

 

-The Mona Lisa or La Gioconda.

-The Annunciation.

-The Virgin of the Rocks.

-The last Supper

 

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