Leonardo Da Vinci: Leonardo Di Ser Piero Da Vinci

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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci is known as Leonardo da Vinci or even da Vinci. Leonardo is called the Renaissance man to this day. Leonardo was born on April 15, 1452 in a farmhouse in the hill of Tuscany outside the village of Anchiano, which is present-day Italy. He was the son of a respected Florentine notary named Ser Piero da Vinci. His mother was a young peasant woman by the name of Caterina. Leonardo was raised by his father and stepmothers. When he turned five, Leonardo moved to father 's family estate near the town of Vinci and lived with his uncle and grandparents. Leonardo received little education beyond the basic reading, writing and mathematics. Even though he received a limited amount of education, Leonardo’s artistic talents …show more content…
This work was requested by Lisa’s husband Francesco Del Giocondo. Both Lisa was from a well-known family through Tuscany and Florence. Francesco was a very wealthy silk merchant. This work was to celebrate their home’s completion.Not only was it a celebration to their home, but the celebration of the birth of their second home. This painting is a mystery that continues to stand. It is questioned about the subject or sitter in the painting. It is said that it could possibly be Princess Isabella of Naples or da Vinci’s own mother. Another argument is that the subject wasn’t a female at all but Leonardo’s long time apprentice Salai dressed in women’s clothing. Photographs taken with invisible infrared light and a special infrared camera show things that we have missed before. For example, the “Mona Lisa” is famous for the sitter’s calm smile, but there has been suggestions that the image may not always be restful. Through the light, people seen one hand was clenched together rather than relaxed and calm. Scientist said that the painting was created by using many extremely thin layers of …show more content…
Ginevra is a sixteen year old girl. She has flawless chalk-white skin that reflects her. She was from a wealthy family and well educated that was known as a poet. Ginevra was married to Luigi Niccolini in 1474. Ginevra is known to have been an inspiration to those who composed poetry. Bernardo Bembo was said to be even more significant to Ginevra. It may have been him that commissioned her portrait to celebrate. He admired everything about Ginevra. On the back of the portrait, there is many symbols and designs. This is said to be another portrait. There are many meanings to the symbols found on the back, but some of the symbols represents chastity or virtue and honor. Through infrared examination, scientist have found under layers of paint reveals Ginevra’s motto, which is “Beauty adorns virtue.” This portrait is one of the first known three-quarter-view in Italian art. She seems to eye the viewer directly. The panel was said to be cut down a few inches along the bottom removing her hands. It was probably because of damage to the painting. A drawing by Leonardo suggest that a flower is placed at her wrist. Most paintings of females were commissioned on one of two occasions: betrothal or marriage. Since Ginevra faces right, this painting is most likely celebrating her engagement. It is questioned though to why Ginevra is not wearing jewels and luxurious brocades.

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