Leonardo Da Vinci

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Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci is a world renowned Italian painter, sculptor,

architect, musician, engineer, and scientist. His curiosity for the

things around him and the research was the fundamental point of his

artistic and scientific accomplishments. His creations in painting

influenced Italian art centuries after his death and his scientific

studies (anatomy, optics and hydraulics) have helped made many

developments of modern science. His famous paintings for example the

Mona Lisa and the Last Supper are known world wide. People crave to

own his paintings, or even just to have a look at them; Leonardo had

influenced everyone up to this present day. Even Bill Gates used $30

million US for Leonardo’s painting ‘Codex Leicester’! Who is this

remarkable man? And what did he do that taught the world to look at

art and science in a new perspective?

Leonardo told us that he was born on April 15th 1952 in the city of

Vinci in Italy and was the son of a notary and a peasant girl. His

parents had a lot of kids, but not with each other and having him

ending up with 17 half sisters and brothers.

He said that living in Vinci was the place where he developed his

creativity and interest in nature. He was also exposed to the ancient

Vinci painting tradition at that time. In 1466, he moved to Florence

where he was apprenticed in the famous workshop of ‘Andrea Del

Verrochio’. While working there, he painted an angel in Verrochio’s

‘Baptist of Christ’. His painting was so much better than his master

that Verrochio never painted again.

In 1482, Leonardo wrote a letter to the Duke of Milan telling him that

he could build portable bridges that would enable dry routes for

people to travel. At this time, he carried notebooks and started to

keep all his ideas, opinions on everything including domestic,

personal, scientific and philosophical along with explanatory

sketches. These notebooks were full of advice for science and art not

only for the people in the Renaissance but also useful painters now.

The Duke gave lots of jobs to him that included designing weapons,

buildings and machinery. He produced lots of ideas for nature, flying

machines, geometry and mechanical things. His eager to start new

things made it hard for him to complete the things that he had started

making him only completing 6 of 17 works that he had done.

He started to find himself interested in painting, architecture, the

elements of mechanics and human anatomy from 1490 to 1495. He spent

this time studying science or locking himself up in his room

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