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- LEONARDO DA VINCI
- LEONARDO DA VINCI BIOGRAPHY
- Da Vinci was a brilliant painter, inventor, musician, engineer, sculptor, architect and
scientist. The prototype of the "RENAISSANCE MAN",
da Vinci painted the
masterpieces "MONA LISA" and "THE LAST SUPPER" and wrote notebooks in his own code of
mirror (backwards) writing, which kept his ideas and inventions secret.
- Da Vinci was the most versatile genius of the Renaissance period (1400-1600),
who painted the masterpieces "The Last Supper" and "Mona Lisa".
He was a brilliant painter, inventor, musician, engineer, sculptor, architect and
scientist. Da Vinci wrote secret notebooks in his own code of
mirror (backwards) writing, which kept his sketches of airplanes, tanks, helicopters,
underwater diving suits, and parachutes a secret. Da Vinci was FAR ahead of his
time and his brilliant ideas weren't even realized until centuries later.
- Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 in Vinci, Italy. He was the
illigitimate son of a Florentine notary and a peasant woman. At 14 years old, da Vinci
moved to Florence, Italy with his family to work in the workshop of Verrochio, who was a
sculptor and painter. In 1478, when da Vinci was 26 years old, he became an independent
master and painted the magnificent "Adoration of the Magi."
- In 1482, da Vinci moved to Milan, doing military work for Ludovico Sforza. Between 1490
to 1495, da Vinci worked on many of his secretly coded notebooks, which
included his ideas, drawings and inventions.
- While in Milan, from 1495 to 1498, da Vinci worked on his masterpiece painting "The
Last Supper." In "The Last Supper", da Vinci arranges the 12
apostles in groups of 3, framing Christ, who is alone in the center. Christ announces that
one of them will betray him. da Vinci portrays Christ as being calm, while the apostles
respond with shock, horror and animated gestures. This brilliant painting is badly
damaged, due to da Vinci's own experimentation with the use of oil on dry plaster. There
was a restoration to the work in 1999, but still shows damage.
- In 1503, da Vinci painted one of the world's most famous portraits, the "Mona
Lisa", which is in the Louvre, in Paris, France. This
painting is also known as La Gioconda, after the name of the woman's husband. The
"Mona Lisa" is technically brilliant and is famous for the subject's mysterious
- In 1510, da Vinci painted his well-known "Self Portrait",
showing his mastery of anatomy. In 1513, da Vinci went to Rome to work for the Medici
pope, Leo X. At that time, Rome's artistic life was dominated by Michaelangelo
and Raphael. When Leo X left Rome, da Vinci left with him and accepted an
invitation from Francis I of France to work near Amboise. Da Vinci stayed there, working
on natural philosophy and experimental science.
- In 1517, da Vinci reportedly had a series of strokes and lost the use of his right arm.
On May 2, 1519, da Vinci died in the Castle of Cloux in France, leaving a legacy of
masterpiece paintings, genius ideas and brilliant creations and inventions to inspire the
world for generations.
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