Leonardo Da Vinci was born on Saturday April 19, 1452 at about 10:30p.m., just out side the small village of Vinci, in Italy’s Tuscany region (Kalz 20). He was birthed by a peasant woman named Caterina and fathered by a layer with the name of Ser Piero Da Vinci. His parents were not married (Macdonald 5). When Leonardo was but one year old his mother left him with his father for some other man. His father wanted him to be successful, so a the age of 14 his father sent him to become an apprentice of a famous artist in Florence, Italy called Andrea Del Verrocchio (Macdonald 5). His apprenticeship lasted 12 years (Kalz 23), in which time Verrocchio inspired and encouraged Leonardo to be a free thinker (Reed 28). Before his apprenticeship Leonardo had little formal education (Reed 9). Leonardo had a strict Vegetarian diet (Kalz 20). After his apprenticeship under Andrea Del Verrocchio he began to work under Lorenzo de’ Medici (Kalz 23). In 1482 at the age of 30, Leonardo moved to Milan and gained favor of the duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza due to his singing voice and talent on the flute (Kalz 23). Leonardo’s time of peace was interrupted in 1499 when the French invaded Milan and imprisoned high- ranking noble men, including Ludovi...
... middle of paper ...
... influenced by Filippo Brunelleschi, a well-known architect of the time who created the dome for the Florence Cathedral (Reed 38-39). Leonardo was familiar with Brunelleschi’s inventions and mechanical devices and based many of his own ideas on Brunelleschi’s (Reed 39). As an engineer he wanted to understand how each part of a machine or device worked. He would breakdown machines and study each piece (Reed 45).
Kalz, Jill . The Mona Lisa. Mankato, Minnesota: Creative Education, 2005.
MacCurdy, Edward . The Notebook's Of Leonardo Da Vinci. New York: Konecky & Konecky,
Macdonald, Fiona . The World in the Time of Leonardo Da Vinci. Philadelphia: Chelsea House
Reed, Jennifer . Leonardo Da Vinci. New York: Enslow, 2005.
Vezzosi, Alessandro . Leonardo Da Vinci: The Mind Of The Renaissance. New York:
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The Renaissance period, was a period where art was reborn. Art was crafted in a new way to reflected realism and not cartoonish characters and drawing to represent the essence of that time. During this period a lot of new techniques were introduce to artist. Such as the use of shading, use of shadowing, bold colors, full frontal portraits, landscaping, etc. Realism within each form of art, exploring the characteristics of the human body and portraying what a human is cable of doing. These new techniques made painting stand out more those that were made within the Middle Ages.... [tags: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci]
1051 words (3 pages)
- Leonardo da Vinci Today Leonardo da Vinci is most well known for being an outstanding artist but there is so much more to him than just that. Leonardo was also an inventor, musician, scientist… and perhaps one of the greatest minds in history. Leonardo da Vinci was alive during the Renaissance Era which was a time of great art, scientific, and philosophical discoveries. Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 in Vinci, Italy. He was the illegitimate son of Ser Piero and a woman named Caterina.... [tags: Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa, Florence, Painting]
1509 words (4.3 pages)
- ... His hair and beard he kept carefully combed. People who barely knew Leonardo called him handsome, he was even asked to pose for other artist. Leonardo turned down the attention offers and became fascinated with dissecting animals. He started taking anatomy classes and quickly learned how to dissect lizards, bats, crickets, and snakes. He loved to use the different parts in his art work. When he first decided to show his father, he was frightened, the thought disgusted him. Leonardo’s hobbies included following strange looking people around and drawing them in different ways.... [tags: Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa, Family, Florence]
1491 words (4.3 pages)
- Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) is one of the most intriguing personalities in the history of Western art. Trained in Florence as a painter and sculptor in the workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio (1435–1488), Leonardo is also celebrated for his scientific contributions. Leonardo’s curiosity and insatiable hunger for knowledge never left him. He was constantly observing, experimenting, and inventing, and drawing was, for him, a tool for recording his investigation of nature. Although completed works by Leonardo are few, he left a large body of drawings (almost 2,500) that record his ideas, most still gathered into notebooks.... [tags: Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa, Florence]
787 words (2.2 pages)
- Who was Leonardo da Vinci. Was he an engineer. An architect. A scientist. Or was he just an artist. Da Vinci was all of the above and even more. He is the epitome of the term “Renaissance Man”. His ingenious inventions and thoughts paved the way for some of the more modernized tools we may us on a day-to-day basis, such as the bicycle, helicopter, and parachute. Leonardo’s work was not only famous during the Renaissance era, but the modern era as well. The impact da Vinci had on the Renaissance inspired others to form new ideas to mold the world into one of the most freethinking eras in history.... [tags: Leonardo da Vinci, Vitruvian Man, Florence, Italy]
1593 words (4.6 pages)
- Who would have thought that a rural boy would become one of the greatest minds of history. This boy was born during the Italian Renaissance, a time of great rebirth and renewed interest in cultural arts (Leonardo artist page 3). His name was Leonardo da Vinci, and he was born in April 15, 1452 (Leonardo artist page 9). Many would call Leonardo “a jack of all trades; master of none,” yet possibly he was a master of all (Leonardo artist page 4). He had achieved many talents and countless accomplishments (page 4).... [tags: Leonardo da Vinci]
1304 words (3.7 pages)
- Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15th, 1452 in Vinci, Italy (which is just outside of Florence). Da Vinci was an illegitimate son of a twenty-five year old notary, Ser Piero, and a peasant girl, Caterina. Leonardo’s father took custody of him a short time after birth. His mother, however, married someone else and moved. They kept having children, but not with each other. Sooner or later, Leonardo da Vinci had seventeen half brothers and sisters. While Leonardo was growing up in his father’s home in Italy, he had access to knowledge databases such as books and scripture.... [tags: Leonardo da Vinci, history, biography]
590 words (1.7 pages)
- Leonardo da Vinci: The Italian Renaissance man The Italian Renaissance was a crucial part in European history due to the changes of the economy, conceptions of the landscape, etc. There were also many people who helped build the importance of the Italian Renaissance which one in particular was a brilliant man named Leonardo da Vinci. He was highly considered to be one of the greatest painters of Europe, but many fail to realize that his field of talent stretched far beyond his artwork. Leonardo da Vinci was a multitalented individual during his time in the Italian Renaissance and worked in many fields including architecture, botany, mathematics, engineering, astronomy, and numerous others.... [tags: Leonardo da Vinci, Florence, Michelangelo]
1599 words (4.6 pages)
- A picture’s worth a thousand words is a line that everyone has heard at least once in their life. However, when it comes to a picture or in this case specifically, a drawing, they could be worth millions. Leonardo Da Vinci, a well-known legend among our generations and the past. Ideas revolving around military tech, flight, and robots were all sprouted by Leonardo Da Vinci. He is the ‘godfather’ of our modern day technology and there is no one else to thank than this man who lived five-hundred years ago.... [tags: Leonardo da Vinci, Vitruvian Man, Italy, Mona Lisa]
1521 words (4.3 pages)
- A Renaissance Man, or also referred to as a polymath, is a person who has many different talents or has a vast sea of knowledge. The name “Renaissance Man” is not just for show, as the Renaissance period is home to plenty notable polymaths such as Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Lorenzo de Medici. This period suffers no shortage of polymaths; however it does bring up the question about a certain man in particular, Leonardo Da Vinci. Born on April 15th, 1452, he was an illegitimate child, and was destined to not achieve much at all.... [tags: Leonardo da Vinci, Florence, Mona Lisa]
1124 words (3.2 pages)