Leonardo Da Vinci Art Influence

Most commonly known for his work on the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, Leonardo Da Vinci was an important icon during the Renaissance Era. The period of cultural rebirth which occurred in Europe in the 14th through the 17th century, was the point of Leonardo’s beginning fame. Da Vinci’s artistic talent inspired many artists around the world and are still viewed as some of the world’s most magnificent pieces. Aside from being an artist, Da Vinci is also less remembered as an architect, inventor, engineer, and draftsman. His curiosity in science and math, along with his artistic ability, drove his relentless mind to create spectacular mechanical ideas. Leonardo Da Vinci was born April 15, 1452 in Anchiano, Tuscany. He belonged to a family composed…show more content…
Da Vinci had an insatiable curiosity towards engineering and science, which drove him to create innovative designs. He was known to have a passion for the principles of mechanics, more specifically: strength of materials; nature of the flow of liquids; effects of air pressure on different surfaces; and forces generated by pulleys and levers (Da Vinci: engineer 312). Da Vinci’s interest in the mechanical field of study combined with his creativity enabled him to design devices that are considered years beyond his…show more content…
Leonardo contributed to science by combining it with his passion for art. In 1489, he started a new notebook to hold all his journals of human anatomy and design. Through his interest, he found ways to discover the human body to find the functions of the muscles and vessels within them, developing the most well known anatomical picture, the Vitruvian Man (Vitruvian, n.p.). At the time, Leonardo Da Vinci was one of the first to use basic physical principles to “throw light on physiological functions,” (West 1), earning him the title “Grandfather of Bioengineering”. He believed that in order to understand how the human and animal bodies worked, one must first have an understanding of physical principles. In some of his anatomical notes he wrote, “Arrange it so that [my] book On the Elements of Mechanics with its practice shall precede the demonstrations of the movement and force in man and other animals” (Da Vinci,

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