Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo's Life

Leonardo da Vinci was born in Vinci, Italy on April 15, 1452. He spent most of his life in Florence and Milan, Italy. Leonardo was illiterate, but he studied art with Verrocchio, his father's friend and very talented sculptor/artist. They studied together for several years learning the fundamentals of painting and sculpting. After studying with Verrocchio, he went to Milan where he would paint The Last Supper. After spending 17 years in Milan, he moved to Florence where he would spend 3 years on the Mona Lisa. Also, during his final years Leonardo moved to Rome where he would die in 1519. He was never married and never had children. In his lifetime, Leonardo created paintings and created early ideas for things such as the parachute, tank, calculator and many more. Medici, Ludovico Sforza, Cesare Borgia and King Francis I of France were some of Leonardo's main patrons.

The Mona Lisa

The name of the piece shown to the right is Mona Lisa. It was created in 1503-1506. This is located in the Musee du Louvre. The Mona Lisa is so significant because it showed the skepticism at the time by making people wonder if the woman pictured was smiling or not. There were no really new techniques used in this painting, but it really represented the realism to the art being created. I find this piece interesting because of how beautiful the piece is, despite the dark colors and the woman not having eyebrows, eyelashes and smirking. This work of art best represents skepticism because it makes whoever looks at it wonder what the artist was really trying to convey. You are never really sure what her face is displaying or what Leonardo was trying to get across.

Works Cited

"Leonardo da Vinci." Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 40. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Biography in Context. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.

Mona Lisa. 1503-1506. Leonardo Da Vinci, Musée Du Louvre Inv. 779.

Study for the Last Supper (Saint Peter). C. 1495. Graphische Sammlung Albertiina, Vienna, Austria.