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About Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

 

Born: 15 April 1452, Anchiano, Italy

Died: 2 May 1519, Château du Clos Lucé, Amboise, France

 

Leonardo da Vinci is among the most influential artists in history, having left a significant legacy not only in the realm of art but in science as well, each discipline informing his mastery of the other. Da Vinci lived in a golden age of creativity among such contemporaries as Raphael and Michaelangelo, and contributed his unique genius to virtually everything he touched. 

 

Leonardo Da Vinci is probably most well known for the 'Mona Lisa' and 'The Last Supper' as well as inventing and sketching a flying machine.

 

He received little formal education beyond basic reading, writing and mathematics instruction, but his artistic talents were evident from an early age. Around the age of 14, da Vinci began a lengthy apprenticeship with the noted artist Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence. He learned a wide breadth of technical skills including metalworking, leather arts, carpentry, drawing, painting and sculpting.  According to Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects, written around 1550 by artist Giorgio Vasari, del Verrocchio was so humbled by the superior talent of his pupil that he never picked up a paintbrush again.

 

Art and science intersected perfectly in da Vinci’s sketch of “Vitruvian Man,” drawn in 1490, which depicted a nude male figure in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart inside both a square and a circle. The now-famous sketch represents da Vinci's study of proportion and symmetry, as well as his desire to relate man to the natural world.

 

 

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