History & Culture
The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci
Category : History & Culture
Country : Italy

Leonardo Da Vinci was an architect, painter, engineer, writer, geologist, mathematician, inventor and a great knowledge about all the scientific things. He was born on 15 April 1452 in Tuscany (Italy), near the small town of Vinci. His parents were not married and his mother wed with the other men while he was very young and began a new family. He was trained to the sculptor and painter Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence and in 1478 he was became an independent master. In about 1483, he migrate to Milan for work under the ruling Sforza family as an engineer, architect, sculptor and painter. In Milan from 1495 to 1497, he made a mural of ‘The Last Supper‘ in the refectory of the Monastery Santa Maria delle GrazieDa. The scene in the picture depicts the disciples feeling of anxiety and surprise upon hearing the news.

The Last Supper

Leonardo Da Vinci was in Milan until the city was captured by the French in 1499 and the Sforza family forced to move. He visited Venice before returning to Florence. During his time in Florence, he did some portraits, but the only one that left is the famous ‘Mona Lisa’ (1503-1506). The Mona Lisa painting is all about that faint, mysterious smile. The theories persists that the women in the painting is Lisa Gherardini, a women lived in Florence. In 1506, Vinci returns back to Milan, stay until 1513. In 1517, French king Francis I, invited Leonardo so he moved to the Château of Cloux, near Amboise in France. The popularity of Da Vinci’s existing paintings had increased so much that he has been regarded primarily as a great artist. The thousands of pages of his notebooks reveal the most eclectic and brilliance of his mind. Because of the diverse interest in the different field, he failed to complete most of his significant number of projects and paintings. At the age of sixty seven, he was died at Clos-Luce and buried in palace church of Saint Florentin.

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Today, he was famous for his two paintings, which were admired by whole world that is The Last Supper and Mona Lisa. The intelligence and imagination allowed him to create the great invention, particularly on the paper. He was one of the great artists of that period still his contemporaries were not totally appreciate his work. Yet his actual virtuoso was not as a researcher or a craftsman, however as a mix of the two: a ‘craftsman engineer’. His canvas was logical, in view of the workings of the human body, science of light and shade. His science work was communicated through workmanship and paintings show what he implied to the world.

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