Leonardo Da Vinci

Sean Tierney

About Da Vinci

  • Born on April 15, 1452 in Vinci, Italy
  • Lived in Florence from 1452-1482 and 1500-1506
  • Lived in Milan from 1482-1499 and 1506-1513
  • lived in Rome from 1513-1516
  • Lived in France from 1516-1519 when he died
  • Apprentice to Andrea del Verrocchio, a florentine artist, painter, sculptor, goldsmith, craftsmen

Interesting Facts

  • He was left handed
  • Never married
  • Never received formal education beyond basic reading, writing, and math
  • He was dyslexic
  • Accused of sodomy

Leonardo's Work

  • He was a painter, sculptor, engineer, architect, and scientist
  • His patrons include Ludovico Sforza, Cesare Borgia, King Francis I, and the Medici
  • Some of his most famous works are the Mona Lisa, Last Supper, and the Vitruvian Man

Mona Lisa

  • Created from 1503-1506
  • Currently in the Louvre Museum in Paris
  • Used a new technique knows as sfumato which translate to vanished or evaporated

I find this painting interesting because it is so famous and I was intrigued to learn more about it.

The Mona Lisa exemplifies individualism in the Renaissance period. It is a portrait of one woman and the focus is on her rather than multiple people or the background of the painting. Also, the painting shows secularism because it has no religious themes in it.


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