Leonardo Da Vinci: The Renaissance M Leonardo Da Vinci

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Leonardo Da Vinci “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 Verrocchio in Florence, Italy (Leonardo Renaissance ¶ 2). This apprenticeship allowed Da Vinci to study the basics of sculpting and painting (Stewart 19). Although at a young age, Leonardo Da Vinci began to show signs of incredible talent (Leonardo Renaissance ¶ 2). In fact, Andrea del Verrocchio permitted him paint an angel in his painting, the Baptism of Christ (Stewart 19). When Verrocchio realized Da Vinci’s
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A young woman in Florentine clothes on a balcony is featured in the Mona Lisa (Mona World ¶ 3) with a mountainous landscape in the background (Mona Grolier ¶ 1). In order to make the woman look calml and simply placed in the picture, Leonardo Da Vinci used a pyramid technique. There is much speculation over who the woman is and why she has such a mysterious smile (Mona World ¶ 3). Most commonly, people believe that the painting depicts the second wife of Francesco Bartolommeo del Giocondo (Mona Encyclopedia ¶ 1). Leonardo Da Vinci used the sfumato technique in this portrait to make it especially stunning (Encyclopedia Grolier ¶

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