The Renaissance Man Was A Universal Man Essay

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The Renaissance Man was a universal man. He knew a little about everything, instead of knowing a lot about one thing. This man would be able to carry on a conversation about anything. He should also have a knowledge about Latin and Greek. These men were artists, writers, inventors, and more. Leonardo da Vinci and Jan Van Eyck are prime examples of a Renaissance Man, even though they came from two different areas of the Renaissance period. Leonardo da Vinci was born on April fifteenth of the year 1452 in a city in Italy named Tuscany. He moved to Vinci to live with his uncle and grandparents around the age of five. Leonardo did not receive a very formal education when he was younger besides basic mathematics, reading, and writing, however he showed strong artistic skills early on. He began an apprenticeship to Andrea del Verrocchio around the age of fourteen. While he was an apprentice, Leonardo learned many skills such as painting, metalworking, and many more. “At the age of 20, da Vinci qualified for membership as a master artist in Florence’s Guild of Saint Luke and established his own workshop” (“Leonardo da Vinci Biography,” n.d.). Despite this incredible offer, Leonardo decided to work with Verrocchio for another five years. Leonardo went on to create some of the most famous paintings in the world before his death on the second of May in 1519 around the age of sixty-seven. Jan Van Eyck, on the other hand, “we know neither his date of birth, probably between 1390 and…

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