The Da Vinci

November 4, 2006 3:52am CST
Da Vinci Ichose Leonardo Da Vinci as the greatest renissance personality. I choseDa Vinci because he made many contributions to the time period. DaVinci was an artist, a scientist, and a philosopher. A lot of thefamous artists and thinkers of the time weren?t recognized as beinggreat for many years after their death. The kings and other importantpeople of the time recognized Da Vinci as a great artist. This is why Ichose Da Vinci as the greatest renissance personality. Leonardo Da Vinci was born in 1452 on his father?s estate inVinci, Italy. At 15 his father had noticed Leonardo?s potential and haddecided to send him to be an apprentice to the artist Andrea delVerrocchio in Florence. This was also when he first developed aninterest in anatomy. In 1482, Leonardo was hired by the duke of Milan,Ludovico Sforza, to be artist and engineer. He stayed in Milan forseventeen years. There he completed five paintings: two portraits ofthe 'Last Supper', two versions of 'The Virgin of the Rocks', and adecorative ceiling painting in the Castello Sforzesco. In Florence, he was commissioned to do a number of paintings,but other interests and tasks kept him from finishing them. The mostwell known piece to survive from this time period was the famous "MonaLisa". During the years 1513 to 1516, Leonardo was in Rome at theinvitation of Cardinal Giuliano de' Medici, brother of Pope Leo X. His work in painting and sculpture over the next seven yearsremained mostly in the planning stage. But his scientific workflourished. He continued his notebooks with observations and drawingsof human anatomy, optics, mechanics, and botanical studies. In 1516, at the age of 65, he accepted an invitation fromFrancis I, king of France, to leave Italy and work for him. Leonardospent the last three years of his life in the palace of Cloux, near theking's residence at Amboise, near Tours. He was given the title of"first painter, architect, and mechanic of the King" and given freedomof action in what he wanted to do. No matter where you go in the world, everyone knows of the "MonaLisa". The picture is on stamps, shirts, posters, and just aboutanything else you can think of. It one of the most well renownedpaintings in the world. This piece is unusual because of the mystery ofthe painting. To this day no one knows whether the woman in thepainting was a real person, or whether it was Leonardo?s vision ofhimself as a women. Leonardo Da Vinci had a very strong influence over the world,artistically and scientifically. Leonardo devised plans for prototypesof an airplane and a helicopter. His extensive studies of human anatomywere shown in anatomical drawings, were among the most significantachievements of Renaissance Science. Due to Leonardo?s remarkableillustrations, European artists began to study the model of nature moreclosely and to paint with the goal of great realism. They learned tocreate lifelike people and animals, and they became skilled at creatingthe illusion of depth and distance on flat walls and canvases by usingthe techniques of perspective. He is deservedly considered one of thegreatest painters of all time. This is why I think he is the greatestrenissance personality.
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