Essay on Leonardo Da Vinci

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“Artist, inventor, and scientist Leonardo Da Vinci was one of the greatest thinkers of the Renaissance.” (Stewarts 19) Often referred to as the “Renaissance Man”, Leonardo Da Vinci was a true genius (Stewarts 19). On April 15, 1452, Leonardo Da Vinci was born in Vinci, Italy, and the world was never the same (Leonardo Renaissance ¶ 1). His mother moved away shortly after, leaving Leonardo Da Vinci’s father, Ser Piero Da Vinci (Rosand 228), to raise him (Leonardo Renaissance ¶ 1). Growing up on a family farm, Leonardo could easily study nature (Leonardo Reviewed ¶ 3). Leonardo Da Vinci developed a vast amount of interests during his extraordinary life.
At the age of 15, Leonardo Da Vinci began to apprentice an artist named Andrea del
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Leonardo Da Vinci is renowned for his artistic talent, having completed two of the most well-known pieces of art recognized today. He believed that it is important for artist to know rules of perspective and laws of nature (Leonardo Artist ¶ 5). Da Vinci was the first artist to paint proportionate looking men, women, and children (Leonardo Artist ¶ 4). The knowledge Leonardo had obtained from studying nature, atmosphere, and human body enabled him to make more realistic, accurate figures (Leonardo Reviewed ¶ 3). In order to improve his paintings, Leonardo used several techniques (Leonardo Artist ¶ 3). Chiaroscuro, one of the techniques used by Leonardo Da Vinci, provides paintings with a life-like quality and make shapes appear three-dimensional by giving them light and shadow (Leonardo Artist ¶ 3). A second technique called Sfumato, which originated from Flemish and Venetian painters, creates atmosphere and depth (Leonardo Artists ¶ 3).
During his time in Milan, Leonardo Da Vinci worked on “The Last Supper” (Leonardo Reviewed ¶ 7). Instead of using the fresco method of painting on wet plasters with watercolors, Leonardo painted on a wet wall with oil for this particular painting since he enjoys painting slowly, which is why the painting began to peel after his death (Leonardo Reviewed ¶ 7). This painting, which was painted on a wall of the dining room of the Monastery of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, exhibits the last meal Jesus shares with his twelve

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