Leonardo Da Vinci

Written by on March 19, 2019


Leonardo Da Vinci hails from Italy and he is famously known for most of his achievements in anatomy, architecture, engineering, science and art that is sculpting, drawing, and painting. Among the timeless pieces of art, he is popularly known for; The Last Supper, and Mona Lisa.

Leonardo’s Early Life

He was born in the mid-15th century to Caterina and Ser Piero da Vinci. These two were not married to each other. When Leonardo was about fifteen years, his father introduced him into apprenticing and let him meet Andre Del Verrocchio. He was known for best artwork pieces in Florence, where they lived at the time.

This great artisan was a goldsmith, a painter, and a sculptor too. This is no doubt about the genesis of Leonardo’s greatness. Verrocchio helped Leonardo to embrace many traditional approaches that helped to make his work the most outstanding pieces of the time.

Leonardo’s Growth in Art

Leonardo continued to work at Verrocchio’s shop long after he was finished his apprenticeship sessions. A historical piece, the Baptism of Christ in 1475 still stands as one of the pieces of his work at his tutor’s shop. In this piece, it can be seen that he has tried to execute the concept of distant landscapes very well. In addition, the figure of Christ has a perfect finishing that makes a viewer to realize the flesh aspect on the image of Christ in the photo.

There also stands a couple of work that Leonardo and Verrocchio did together. This obviously helped to make work easier for Leonardo’s trainer. This can be proved by the fact that Leonardo’s painting exhibits shade, altered changes in light, less cut edges, and soft effects as finishing. This is obviously not a lesser way of painting from Verrocchio by Leonardo, rather an improved fashion in art and painting. Like with every other industry, this is growth.

Working Alone

Leonardo made his studio in 1478. As soon as he was settled, he began receiving major works and commission by churches. For example, in 1481, he got a huge commission from the church for his artwork, the Adoration of the Magi. Interestingly, it is an incomplete painting, but it literary changes his approach and this helps him to advance further.

The audience always has varying expressions, but there is a sense of unceasing progress. Leonardo had gone against the usual tradition of placing the child and Virgin Mary on a single side of the picture, and the leaders approach it from the other side. Instead, he had placed the child and the virgin at the Centre.

His Work Modified

Leonardo was an artist and a scientist who liked to surpass the standards set before his time. In earlier times, artists preferred to abide by linear perspective rules, whereby entities seem smaller in proportion because the observer’s eye is far.

In his work, he joined more concepts of the perspective of clarity and that of color. With a clarity perspective, the entities are way less distinct whereas, with a color perspective concept, the furthest objects are subdued in color. He later documented these two concepts in writing.

Unfinished Work

In 1482, Leonardo departed from Florence and had to leave some of his paintings unfinished (including the Magi altarpiece). It was something common to leave a city and settle in a new one because of growth. Specifically, he was leaving to go to the Duke of Milan where he would be made a court artist.

The artists before him had also left Florence to go to bigger cities like Rome and Venice from where they executed more superior assignments than they had ever done while in Florence and in any other small towns.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Different Passion

As soon as he set foot in Milan, he changed his presentation to the duke that leaned to an interest in military engineering. This enabled him to create incredible equipment for stage arrangements. In this new setting, he displays his paintings with dimmed light intentionally and this gels with an outline of separate entities. There is a famous quote attributed to him about how artists should work during dusk while in courtyards that have black walls.

End of Leonardo’s Road

Towards the end of his life, Leonardo was quiet and inactive in the painting industry, but would occasionally write especially on scientific matters. He was highly regarded for his profound knowledge and was invited by King Francis 1. He later died in the court he had been assigned.




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