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Mona Lisa – Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo. Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa (Monna Lisa or La Gioconda in Italian; La Joconde in French) is a half-length portrait of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, which has been acclaimed as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world".[1] The painting, thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, is in oil on a white Lombardy poplar panel, and is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506, although Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517.

It was acquired by King Francis I of France and is now the property of the French Republic, on permanent display at The Louvre museum in Paris since 1797.[2] Title and subject Vasari's account of the Mona Lisa comes from his biography of Leonardo published in 1550, 31 years after the artist's death, and which has long been the best known source of information on the provenance of the work and identity of the sitter. History. Inventions :: Leonardo da Vinci. As the court engineer for a number of years, he did a fair amount of work with artillery, gunpowder, and fighting machines. He saw them as a way to study the physics of objects moving at high speeds, not as a weaponry. He was able to study physics while still getting paid. He invented multi-barreled guns and even steam-powered ones. At the time he had even thought of more efficient ways of bridge building by developing light, strong, and effective bridges, and ways to destroy such bridges.

Flight had been the dream of men for centuries. He first worked on flapping wings but then later used the propeller, helicopter and hot air balloon. “The wind that passes under the wing lifts it up just as a wedge lifts a weight. He used this later on a helicopter design that looked much like corkscrew. Science and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo's most famous drawing, the Vitruvian Man, is a study of the proportions of the human body, linking art and science in a single work that has come to represent Renaissance Humanism. Condensed biography[edit] NOTE: This is a brief summary of Leonardo's early life and journals with particular emphasis on his introduction to science. Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was born the illegitimate son of Messer Piero, a notary, and Caterina, a peasant woman.

His early life was spent in the region of Vinci, in the valley of the Arno River near Florence, firstly with his mother and in later childhood in the household of his father, grandfather and uncle Francesco. In 1466, Leonardo was sent to Florence to the workshop of the artist Verrocchio, in order to learn the skills of an artist. From Leonardo's journals - studies of an old man and the action of water.

Approach to scientific investigation[edit] Studies of a fœtus from Leonardo's journals Investigating the motion of the arm. Science :: Leonardo da Vinci. YOUNG SCIENTISTAt age 17, Leonardo Da Vinci went to become an apprentice of painting under the instruction of Andrea del Verrochio in Florence. This is where his appreciation of science really started. He used science to enhance his paintings and was right away intrigued. While he learned about art, his interests started to broaden. He would stroll along the banks of the Arno, and would study the nature around him.

He sketched much of the world around him, studying rock formations, caves and fossils. These led to his scientific career. From 1478 to 1482, he obtained his own studio, and later went to Milan. SCIENCE OF THE TIMEFor someone to understand his inventions and scientific work, you must understand his time. ANATOMYAnother area of science he studied was anatomy. PHYSICSLeonardo also worked with physics and perspective. SCIENTIFIC IMPACTHis impact on society after he died is hard to determine.

“His talent and reputation seem greatly in excess of his actual influence upon history. Leonardo da Vinci’s Chiaroscuro. Leonardo da Vinci was the first artist to use value consistently across colors, achieving tonal unity in which a figure presents a single, swelling, homogeneously generated volume in contrast to the inevitably fragmented effects of color-modeling. Light, color and form are now related in a way that approximates, and describes, their scientific and naturalistic behavior.

Benois Madonna, Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1478. His use of oil painting technique enabled him to achieve depth and intensity of coloring and transparency in the effects of light and shade. In Leonardo’s painting above, a young Mary is playing with her son and holding a flower with four petals (signifying the cross). Mary is warm and charming, and the painting has a sense of freshness and spontaneity. Leonardo’s use of the oil painting technique, still new in Italy, enables him to achieve depth and intensity of coloring and transparency in the effects of light and shade, as is also apparent in the two paintings below.

Leonardo DaVinci. During the very early years of his output Leonardo favoured the subject of the Madonna and Child. He produced several paintings on this theme along with a number of sketches and a large number of drawings. His works showed mother and child in precious private moments and focused on the emotions between them; it was Leonardo's aim that the subjects looked natural. The complexity and detail of these paintings set new standards, yet they are lesser known than his other works. Upon first examination the Benois Madonna (also called the Madonna of the Flower), is a gay painting with obvious affection shining from the face of the Madonna's girlish face. This painting was named after the 19th-century artist, Leon Benois, who sold it to the Hermitage in Leningrad at the beginning of the century.

"One unhappy day I was called to see the Benois Madonna, a picture that had turned up in Russia, and has since been acquired by the Hermitage. Benois Madonna State Hermitage Museum, St. Benois Madonna. Madonna and Child with Flowers, otherwise known as the Benois Madonna, could be one of two Madonnas Leonardo da Vinci had commented on having started in October 1478. The other one could be Madonna of the Carnation from Munich. It is likely that the Benois Madonna was the first work painted by Leonardo independently from his master Verrocchio. There are two of Leonardo's preliminary sketches for this piece in the British Museum.[1] Studies of these sketches and the painting itself suggest that Leonardo was concentrating on the idea of sight. At that time it was thought that human eyes exhibited rays to cause vision with a central beam being the most important. The child is thought to be guiding his mother's hands into his central vision.[2] The composition of Madonna and Child with Flowers proved to be one of Leonardo's most popular.

For centuries, Madonna and Child with Flowers was considered lost. Since 1914 the painting has been exhibited in the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. How Leonardo da Vinci's angels pointed the way to the future. Leonardo da Vinci painted the most beautiful angels in the world. Since there are no actual angels, his pictures of them are literally the most real, the most gorgeous, the most magical that exist. This is strange, because Leonardo was not a religious man. Although the National Gallery made a vivid case for him as a religious artist in its 2011 exhibition of his paintings, there is very little in his notebooks to suggest that Christianity was part of his everyday, personal life. Shopping lists are more prominent than prayers among his notes.

However compelling Leonardo's religious paintings are, it has to be remembered that all are commissioned works. Leonardo conceals his heterodoxy within his paintings – his composition The Virgin of the Rocks is an idiosyncratic image with no parallel in Christian art. He puts his own ideas and interests into his angels, too. Leonardo painted the most electrically alive angel wings imaginable in his early work The Annunciation. Annunciation (Leonardo) This is a painting of the Biblical subject of the Annunciation, by the Italian Renaissance artists Leonardo da Vinci and Andrea del Verrocchio, dating from circa 1472–1475[1] and housed in the Uffizi gallery of Florence, Italy.

The subject matter is drawn from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 1, verses 26-39 and depicts the angel Gabriel, sent by God to announce to a virgin, Mary, that she would miraculously conceive and give birth to a son, to be named Jesus, and to be called "the Son of God" whose reign would never end. The subject was very popular for artworks and had been depicted many times in the art of Florence, including several examples by the Early Renaissance painter Fra Angelico. The details of it commission and its early history remain obscure.[2] The angel holds a Madonna lily, a symbol of Mary's virginity and of the city of Florence.

It is supposed that Leonardo originally copied the wings from those of a bird in flight, but they have since been lengthened by a later artist. Leonardo da Vinci: Apprenticeship: 1467-1476. Summary As a boy, Leonardo was apparently an avid artist. His father, Ser Piero, must have recognized his talents, for he soon apprenticed him to a studio. Since many career paths were closed to the illegitimate child, perhaps art was an obvious choice for such a skilled child: an eventual career as a court artist was the most honorable career a bastard could hope for. Because many of Ser Piero's clients belonged to the clergy, he probably had a good idea of the art market; he took his boy to one of the two most respected workshops in the city, that of Andrea del Verrocchio. Verrocchio had studied under the great artist Donatello, and he served as official sculptor to the ruling Medici family. During Leonardo's youth, Florence was going through a golden age.

Leonardo's earliest known drawing dates from a feast day. Much of Leonardo's other early work is collaborative in nature: during the Renaissance, paintings were usually done by groups of artists, directed by a master. Commentary. Leonardo Da Vinci Biography. Leonardo was born on April 15, 1452, "at the third hour of the night" in the Tuscan hill town of Vinci, in the lower valley of the Arno River in the territory of Florence. He was the illegitimate son of Messer Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci, a Florentine notary, and Caterina, a peasant who may have been a slave from the Middle East. Leonardo had no surname in the modern sense, "da Vinci" simply meaning "of Vinci": his full birth name was "Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci", meaning "Leonardo, son of (Mes)ser Piero from Vinci.

" Little is known about Leonardo's early life. He spent his first five years in the hamlet of Anchiano, then lived in the household of his father, grandparents and uncle, Francesco, in the small town of Vinci. His father had married a sixteen-year-old girl named Albiera, who loved Leonardo but died young. In later life, Leonardo only recorded two childhood incidents. Leonardo's early life has been the subject of historical conjecture. In 1506 he returned to Milan.

The My Hero Project - Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest thinkers of his time. He was born April 15th, 1452, in a small farmhouse in Tuscany, Italy. His mother and father were unmarried and that made him illegitimate, so he never got a proper education. Instead, the only education he ever got was from the local church priests, who taught him how to read and write. His father, Ser Piero, was an ambitious young man, who did much of his work in neighboring towns and villages.

For the first five years of his life, Leonardo lived with his real mother, Caterina, but for the rest of his childhood, he lived with his father on his estate. But soon his father fell in love with a young, wealthy woman named Albiera di Giovanni Amdori. The two of them moved into the city of Florence, and it was decided young Leonardo would stay in Vinci with his grandparents and Uncle Francesco. At the age of twelve, Leonardo's father realized that his son needed a job. Leonardo da Vinci has many hero-like aspects about him.

Biography :: Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452, in the heart of the Renaissance in the heart of Europe. He was born outside Vinci, which lies high up on Mount Albano, in the valley of the Arno River, near the city of Florence. Florence was an independent republic and commercial center at the time of his birth. He was the son of Ser Pierro da Vinci, who was a legal specialist, and a peasant girl named Caterina. He was considered an “illegitimate” son because they were not married. Right away. His father married into a wealthy family and he went to live with his grandparents. Later he lived with his father’s family and they didn’t conceal his birth and welcomed his addition to the family. As a child he was very smart and was very quick at arithmetic and music. From 1478 to 1482, he obtained his own studio.

Toward the end of his life, in about 1508, King Louis XII of France asked him to accompany him to Milan, and he went willingly. Leonardo da Vinci | artist | 1452 - 1519. Early Years Painter, sculptor, architect, designer, theorist, engineer and scientist, Leonardo da Vinci created some of the most famous images in European art. Though many of his works were never finished, and even fewer have survived, he influenced generations of artists and he continues to be revered as a universal genius.

Leonardo was born near the Tuscan hill-town of Vinci. An illegitimate child, he was raised by his paternal grandfather. His father had a flourishing legal practice in the city of Florence, where Leonardo received his early artistic training with the sculptor Andrea Verrocchio. Verrocchio's workshop undertook a wide range of commissions including sculpture and decorative metalwork as well as paintings. Detail from Nicolas I Larmessin,.Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci.

Frustrated in Florence By 1472, Leonardo had joined the brotherhood of Florentine artists, the Compagnia di San Luca, and he worked in Florence for the next ten years, but few paintings survive. The Notebooks. Leonardo da Vinci: Facts & Biography. Leonardo da Vinci, perhaps most noted as an artist, was also an architect, inventor and chronicler of science, among other outlets for his talents.

Born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy, Leonardo da Vinci was the son of a prominent attorney notary and a young peasant girl. Born out of wedlock, he was raised by his father, Ser Piero, and several stepmothers. His early years were spent living on his father’s family estate in Vinci. During this period of his life, he was also influenced by his uncle, who had a love of nature and had a hand in rearing him during his formative years.

Beyond basic reading, writing and mathematical skills, da Vinci did not receive much of a formal education. Recognizing his potential as an artist, his father sent him at the age of 14 or 15 to apprentice with sculptor and painter Andrea del Verrocchio of Florence. He remained with Verrocchio until he became an independent master in 1478. His role as a Renaissance Man His greatest works. Daedalus, Vol. 127, No. 1 (Winter, 1998), pp. 207-224. Leonardo da Vinci | biography - Italian artist, engineer, and scientist :: Art and science: the notebooks | Encyclopedia Britannica. Art Nouveau Movement, Artists and Major Works | The Art Story. David Rothenberg | Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science and Evolution; an Excerpt. Art & Physics | by Leonard Shlain.

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