Leonardo Da Vinci Paintings --Diamonds of the Renaissance Period

Leonardo Da Vinci is a fascinating and enigmatic character. Only some of his paintings survived, Mona Lisa being the most famous one of the Leonardo Da Vinci paintings. In 1452, an unpredictable treasure comes, a miracle enlivening, a being that would forever change the world. Recognized for many things including his talent in painting, sculpture, passion for anatomy, art and warfare, Leonardo Da Vinci has changed the world as we know it in many ways. He was the son of a wealthy notary and a peasant, who is believed to have been working on his father's estate. There are no sculptures that can be attributed without a doubt to Leonardo da Vinci, although art historians have proven that he learned the technique of sculpture when he was the disciple of Verrocchio. He was good at writing in reverse. It seems he did this to keep his ideas from being stolen. He developed this technique so well that he no longer needed the mirror to write like that.

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 - 1519) lived at the end of the Italian Renaissance, one of the most important epochs in the history of the arts. Leonardo was recognized post-mortem as a genius painter but also in his life as an exceptional being, a genius among the geniuses. Only two of his contemporaries, Michelangelo and Rafaelo, rivaled the reputation of the artist, and the short period between 1500 and 1527, in which all three of them worked, is called the Late Renaissance.

The Renaissance

Renascent artists were not considered specialists, but they had to prove their skill in several crafts: for example, to design the decor for a play, or a logo, or building. Leonardo excelled in all these respects and much more. Today he is admired not only for his paintings, but also for achievements in the fields of science, mathematics, anatomy, military construction and inventions. His sketches are among the most extraordinary manuscripts, well represented by beautiful drawings, annotations and sketches. They are written in the reverse - becoming readable only when viewed in the mirror, either because Leonardo was secretive by nature, or because, like many left-handed people, this kind of work was more comfortable. Learn more here.

Leonardo took the name of the city where he was born on 15 April 1452. Leonardo Da Vinci comes from Vinci, a small town just a few kilometers from Florence, one of the great centers of Italian culture and art. Leonardo arrived in Venice at age 16. More than likely, Leonardo became the disciple of a famous Florentine craftsman, Andrea del Verrochio.  Leonardo's first known work of two angels in the painting of Verrochio, The Baptism of Christ, were so skillfully and subtly painted that it seems that afterward, Verrochio had decided to give up painting for sculpture!

The early years

At the age of only 20, Leonardo obtained the master's qualification and was accepted as a member of the painter's guild, St. Luke's Company. He had such a divine and brilliant intelligence, and he was very skilled at geometry. In 1483 he had already progressed, being hired by Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan.  Here is a useful reference: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Leonardo-da-Vinci
Although Ludovico was a good man, when Leonardo made a written request asking for a position in the courtyard and emphasizing his military construct, only at the end did he mention that he can do as much painting. His first masterpiece, Madonna in the Grotto (now at the Louvre Museum in Paris), was painted about this time, but for unknown reasons, Leonardo never gave the painting to the church that had commissioned it.

In Milan, Leonardo worked as a chief architect, he organized court parties, and painted portraits. The most important projects, however, were stranded. He made the model of a clay horse in natural size, which was considered one of the wonders of the time; but never managed to pour it in bronze, and in 1499 the model was destroyed by the French soldiers occupying the city of Milan.

The mural painting The Last Supper (1498) brought him to the pinnacle of glory. However, oil-based paints began to lose their brightness even during the artist's life, and for many centuries the painting remained in a bad condition. Leaving the city of Milan after being occupied by the French, Leonardo spent several years in Florence. As usual, he made his projects with great difficulty, but the first drawing for The Virgin and Child with St. Anne was so successful that he was exposed, and attracted a lot of viewers. It can be admired today at the National Gallery, London. He was dyslexic, but this did not prevent him from becoming a universal and ambidextrous genius, being able to write with one hand and draw with the other in different ways at the same time.

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