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Leonardoda Vinci “The Renaissance Man”
Leonardoda Vinci was a famous artist, inventor and an architect. His workscrossed so many disciplines that he has been nicknamed the“Renaissance man” (Krull 11). In simple definition, the‘Renaissance’ is used to refer to a period of revolution inEurope from the 14thto the 15thcentury. It started in Italy and led to massive changes in Europeanculture with the surge of new scientific techniques and styles ofwriting ("The Renaissance"). Leonardo da Vinci’s workcontributed immeasurably in influencing the Resurgence era.
Leonardoda Vinci was born in April 15, 1452 in Vinci, Italy near Florence. Hewas the illegitimate son of Ser Piero, who was a legal practitionerand a peasant girl Caterina. His father took custody of him while hismother married someone else. Leonardo grew up in his father’sestate as he was a landlord too, and had access to the scholarlyarticles of his father. Da Vinci received the basic formal educationof writing and mathematics, but did not study them deeply until 30years of age. His father noted he was a painter at the age of 15. Hetherefore handed him over to Andrea Del Verrocchio who was a sculptorto train him further (Molteno p14). He began to paint his work in1482. He moved to Milan and stayed there for 17 years and here hereached the peak of his career. He designed weapon for the duke andstudied a whole lot of subjects as well as paint.
Leonardois best known for his two paintings “The Last Supper” and “MonaLisa” (Molteno p15). The last supper was the first painting madehis talent known worldwide. He painted it while in Milan at around1495. The painting is about the Passover dinner when Jesus Christaddresses his disciples about his death. The painting features theemotions in each of the apostles. The second painting, Mona Lisa waspainted in 1503 in Florence after the French invaded Milan and heescaped (Molteno p15). The painting features a woman smiling who isthought to be Lisa Del Giocondo, the wife of Francisco who was aFlorentine merchant. The portrait is currently housed at the LouvreMuseum in Paris and acts as a major tourist attraction.
DaVinci was a Renaissance as he had a mastery of many disciplines. Thisincluded natural science and biology, where he studied horses,engineering and architecture where he designed weapons for the Dukeand art where he was a renowned Painter. He even carried outdissections and is said to have discovered many anatomical partsbefore they became known to the world (Clayton Leonardoda Vinci, anatomist).
Themedieval church however condemned some of da Vinci’s work termingit as evil and occult. He was accused of using black magic. Thistogether with the war that spanned the Italian streets led to himseeking refuge in France. He continued with his work and designedmajor projects including the palace, the ideal town at Romoratin, thedraining Sologne marshes and the staircase with double turns atChambord. He died on May, 2 1519 in Cloux but his works did not diewith him and are still some of the most treasured relics in the worldtoday with millions visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris to have aview and films being acted to celebrate his works.
Inconclusion, Leonardo da Vinci had a tremendous contribution throughthe numerous disciplines he had undertaken. His contributionespecially in the art, contributed greatly to the world of paintingas well as to the culture of the Europe. His work contributed to himbeing called the ‘renaissanceman’,with his work being emulated by many other artists. His numerouscontributions were seen as link between the middle ages and themodern history. It’s clear that, Leonardo practiced visual arts aswell as other topics however his reputation was greatly based on hispainting work such as the ‘Mona Lisa’.
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