Leonardo da Vinci

Renaissance Man by Ms. Ferrelli

Biographical Details

*Born April 15, 1452 in Anchiano, Italy (near Florence) to a well-known notary

*Died in France at the age of 67

*Apprenticed for Andrea del Verrochio, in Florence. Learned much from Verrochio,

who happened to be a leading Florentine artist, a skilled goldsmith and sculptor,

as well as craftsman.

*Spent much of his time mastering the skills taught to him by Verrochio. He was

devoted to developing his talents. Eventually, became an independent master.

*"Indeed, much in Leonardo's approach to art was evolutionary from tradition rather
than evolutionary against it..."("Leonardo da Vinci").

*Particularly skilled at painting, but also in other crafts such as military engineering.

He was an inventor of machinery and he studied the laws of motion.

*Leonardo da Vinci designed a portrait of Isabella d'Este, Duchess of Mantua, who was also known for sponsoring some of the greatest artists of the time. This design is thought to have served as the framework for Leonardo's later work, the Mona Lisa

("Leonardo da Vinci").

Work Cited: "Leonardo da Vinci." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 15 Jan. 2013.

The Work

The Last Supper

*Created between the years of 1495 and 1499 for Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, to

hang in the dining hall of the Convent of Santa Maria della Grazie. It was

commissioned as part of a church renovation project.

*Leonardo da Vinci's painting tells a unique story of The Last Supper, portraying the

disciples at the moment of Jesus's revealing the traitor among them.

The painting is unique because it shows the individual responses of each man.

*The piece shows da Vinci's skill at portraying movement, and it shows his

experimentation with pigment, by placing paint directly on the plaster wall.

*This piece is so interesting because it shows humanism while simultaneously

featuring a religious scene.

*The ISMS:

*humanism- by portraying the individual reactions of each

disciple, and by demonstrating the human skill needed to produce such a


*capitalism-the painting, having been commissioned by the Duke of Milan,

shows the importance of patronage in the Renaissance.

*secularism-Davinci's religious paintings are balanced by his non-religious

studies in the laws of motion and craftsmanship in military machinery.

Work Cited: "Museum of Science, Boston." Leonardo Da Vinci. Web. 15 Jan. 2013.

By Ms. Ferrelli

Ms. Ferrelli is a humanities teacher at Bedford High School.