Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci ( pronunciation) (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519, Old Style) was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and "his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote". Marco Rosci states that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time.

Born out of wedlock to a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman, Caterina, at Vinci in the region of Florence, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter, Verrocchio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in the service of Ludovico il Moro in Milan. He later worked in Rome, Bologna and Venice, and he spent his last years in France at the home awarded him by Francis I.

Leonardo was and is renowned primarily as a painter. Among his works, the Mona Lisa is the most famous and most parodied portrait and The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all time, with their fame approached only by Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. Leonardo's drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also regarded as a cultural icon, being reproduced on items as varied as the euro, textbooks, and T-shirts. Perhaps fifteen of his paintings survive, the small number because of his constant, and frequently disastrous, experimentation with new techniques, and his chronic procrastination. Nevertheless, these few works, together with his notebooks, which contain drawings, scientific diagrams, and his thoughts on the nature of painting, compose a contribution to later generations of artists rivalled only by that of his contemporary, Michelangelo.

Leonardo is revered for his technological ingenuity. He conceptualised a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, and the double hull, and he outlined a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or were even feasible during his lifetime, but some of his smaller inventions, such as an automated bobbin winder and a machine for testing the tensile strength of wire, entered the world of manufacturing unheralded. He made important discoveries in anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics, but he did not publish his findings and they had no direct influence on later science.

Read more about Leonardo Da VinciPainting, Fame and Reputation

Other articles related to "leonardo da vinci, leonardo, da vinci, da":

Alfred Breitman - Biography - Leonardo Da Vinci Was Arab
... Florence, March 1, 2010 – “Leonardo da Vinci, considered ‘the greatest Italian of all time’ in the recent format on Raidue, was an Arab.” This was revealed in a study ... by the discovery of a fingerprint on the painting of Leonardo’s “Lady with an Ermine.” According to the anthropologist Luigi Capasso type is characteristic of the footprint 60% of individuals from ... E ‘is well known that the name of Leonardo’s mother, Catherine, was frequently attributed to the Arab slave purchased in Tuscany from Istanbul ...
Leonardo Da Vinci, A Memory Of His Childhood
... Leonardo da Vinci and A Memory of His Childhood (German Eine Kindheitserinnerung des Leonardo da Vinci, 1910) is an essay by Sigmund Freud about Leonardo Da Vinci's childhood ... It consists of a psychoanalytic study of da Vinci's life based on his paintings ... a psychoanalytical interpretation of da Vinci's The Virgin and Child with St ...
Western Painting - Renaissance and Mannerism
... Of Adam and Eve from Eden, before and after restoration Paolo Uccello Leonardo da Vinci Raphael Michelangelo Albrecht Dürer Giovanni Bellini Titian Sandro Botticelli ... Andrea Mantegna, Filippo Lippi, Giorgione, Tintoretto, Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Raphael, Giovanni Bellini and Titian took painting to a higher level ...
List Of Schools And Cursinhos Working Under Sistema Anglo De Ensino - São Paulo
... Avaré Bady Bassitt Barretos – Colégio Nomelini Barueri - Colégio Anglo Leonardo da Vinci Bastos – Colégio São José de Bastos Batatais - Colégio São José Bauru – Colégio Fênix ...
Colégio Anglo Leonardo Da Vinci
... Anglo Leonardo da Vinci is a subsidiary of Sistema Anglo de Ensino located to the west of São Paulo ... four units, one in Osasco, one in Alphaville, one in Taboão da Serra and one in Granja Viana ... The name "Leonardo da Vinci" was added to represent intelligence ...

Famous quotes related to leonardo da vinci:

    In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed—they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!
    Orson Welles (1915–84)