Leonardo Da Vinci Analysis

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Near the town of Vinci in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci was born, the illegitimate son of a notary and a peasant girl. His father, Ser Piero da Vinci, “raised his son himself, a common practice at the time, arranging for Leonardo’s mother to marry a villager.” (5pg1). Piero da Vinci married another partner as well and in their separate marriages they had a total of 17 other children, da Vinci’s half-siblings. From the age of 5, da Vinci began living in the estate in which his father’s family owned and was raised with the help of his uncle. This uncle, “had a particular appreciation for nature that da Vinci grew to share,” (2pg2) and would eventually express this interest throughout his paintings in the future. As far as education was concerned, da…show more content…
Whilst apprenticing, Verrocchio and da Vinci collaborated on a piece titled, Baptism of Christ, which was a standard practice for the time (5pg1). What was unique about this work was that unlike usual, da Vinci’s parts in the piece were not less skilled than Verrocchio, in fact they were just painted with a different approach that slightly altered the appearance. Then at the age of 20, da Vinci was invited to become a member of the painter’s guild but instead decided to continue his apprenticeship with Verrocchio until he became a master in 1478. A few years later da Vinci began being paid to create his works of art, beginning with a work that would go uncompleted, The Adoration of the Magi, as an altarpiece in the…show more content…
One being that during this time a war persisted which caused da Vinci to make the statue out of clay since the bronze was needed for cannons. Another was that the statue was of the founder on horseback and in order to correctly depict how the horse would look while rearing da Vinci, “[studied] the anatomy and movement of horses,” (6pg3). Then when he finally completed this work only a short time later, “the clay model was destroyed in the conflict after the ruling Sforza duke fell from power in 1499.” (2pg2). Beginning in the early 1490’s, da Vinci filled notebooks with drawings and detailed comments that can be categorized under 4 subjects: painting, architecture, mechanics, and human anatomy (2pg2). These notebooks or “codices” were written in “mirror script” that could only be deciphered when held up to a mirror. Although it is unclear as to why da Vinci began writing his manuscripts, it has allowed us to see how advanced he was in a multitude of subjects during this time. Some of da Vinci’s most famous works occurred earlier in his career, such as: Vitruvian Man, The Last Supper, and Mona
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