Leonardo Da Vinci Regarded One Of The Essay

Length: 3 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Art  (general) Type: Essay Paper: #63807466 Related Topics: Mona Lisa, Last Supper, Italian Renaissance, Famous
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Leonardo Da Vinci

Regarded one of the most innovative and talented individuals of his time, BBC (2014) describes Leonardo da Vinci as "one of the greatest creative minds of the Italian Renaissance, hugely influential as an artist and sculptor but also immensely talented as an engineer, scientist and inventor." A clearly multitalented individual, Leonardo da Vinci was born on the 15th day of April, 1452 (BBC, 2014). He was born out wedlock. His father was a prominent attorney while his mother is described in various texts as having been a simple peasant girl. As he grew up, Leonardo da Vinci spent most of his time with his father and was later on sent to Andrea del Verroccio - an accomplished painter and sculptor, as an apprentice (BBC, 2014).

One could say that it was while under the apprenticeship of Andrea that Leonardo da Vinci further developed an interest in paining and artistry. It was, however, not until the year 1478 that Leonardo da Vinci became an independent master (BBC, 2014). It was also at around this time that Leonardo da Vinci, as Marcovici (2014) points out, "took his first commissioned work, The Adoration of Magi." Five years after becoming an independent...


During this time, he was under the active engagement of the ruling Sforza family. While his famous The Last Supper mural was produced while he was still in Milan, his other popular piece, Mona Lisa, was done in Florence, after fleeing the French invasion of Milan. It was not until the year 1956 that Leonardo da Vinci went back to Milan, before moving to Rome and then France, at the invitation of King Francis I (BBC, 2014). Leonardo da Vinci died on the 2nd day of May, 1519, aged 67 (Witteman, 2004).

Some of Leonardo da Vinci's most popular and invincible works include, but they are not limited to The Last Supper and Mona Lisa. These are the works I will largely be concentrating on in this section. Completed in 1506, Mona Lisa, as Witteman (2004, p. 19) points out was easily "one of Leonardo da Vinci's favorites paintings." As the author further observes, Leonardo da Vinci kept this particular piece with him for most of his life. It should be noted that with this particular painting, Leonardo da Vinci tried something new -- he ensured that the objects appearing in the picture's background were blurred, thus making them somewhat unreal in appearance (Witteman, 2004).

When it comes to The Last Supper Leonardo…

Sources Used in Documents:


BBC. (2014). History: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/da_vinci_leonardo.shtml

Marcovici, M. (2014). The 50 Most Influential People in History. Berlin: BoD.

Priwer, S. & Phillips, C. (2011). Amazing and Extraordinary Facts: Leonardo da Vinci. Newton Abbot: David & Charles.

Witteman, B. (2004). Leonardo da Vinci. Minnesota: Capstone.

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