Leonardo da Vinci

1452-1519 Italy-Early Renaissance.

 

Brief Biography-Leonardo da Vinci was a man of many different interests, painting being his most notable talent. He was the illegitimate son of a Tuscan notary, born in the town of Anchiano close to Vinci, he moved to Florence at a young age. His training began with the sculptor and painter Andrea del Verrocchio. During his apprenticeship under Verrocchio Leonardo joined Florence’s confraternity of painters alongside Domenico Ghirlandaio, Pietro Perugino and Sandro Botticelli. Verrocchio was so astonished by the superiority of Leonardo’s work that it provoked him to cease painting forever.

Leonardo didn’t like the violent politics of Lorenzo de’ Medici’s Florence and by 1494 he left for Milan. In Milan he undertook commissions from the church of San Francesco Grande and the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The first, The Virgin of the Rocks, he didn’t complete until twenty five years later and the second, The Last Supper, began to peel off the wall. He started commissions for the Duke Ludovico Sforza but rarely finished them. One such commission was for a twenty six foot high horse made of bronze which was never delivered. By 1499 Milan was taken by Louis XII of France and his project was ended.

He spent time wandering around Italy before returning to Florence to resume his painting. It was there he painted the Mona Lisa the wife of Francesco Giocondo; it took him four years to complete. He moved on to Milan again and after some political turmoil went on to Rome where the Pope was now the son of Lorenzo de’ Medici. Leo X was not impressed by Leonardo’s history in delivering works. Leonardo was also unhappy with the temper of Michaelangelo Buonaroti in Rome that he decided to take an offer from Francis I to move to France. He lived in a house near the Amboise for the remainder of his life where he died in 1519. It is said that he expired in the arms of the King.

 

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The
Last Super

The Last Super

The Baptism
of Christ

The Baptism of Christ

The
Annunciation

The Annunciation

Madonna
Benois

Madona benois

Madonna
Litta

Madonna Litta

Madonna with
the Carnation

Madonna with the Carnation

Unknown
Woman

Portrait of an Unknown Woman

John the
Baptist

John the Baptist

Vitruvian
Man

Vitruvian Man


Automobile

Automobile

Assault
Chariot

Assault Chariot

Antique
Warrior

Antique Warrior

Study of Cats
and Dragan

Study of Cats a Dragan and other Animals

Battle of
Anghiari Detail

Battle of Anghiari

Hemisected
man and Woman

Hemisected Man and Woman

Flying
Machine

Flying machine

A Parabolic
Compass

A Parabolic Compass

Design for a
Large Crossbow

Design for a Large Crossbow

Studies
of Embryos

Studies of Embryos

Five
Heads

Five Heads

the virgin and child
with saint anne

the virgin and child with saint anne and john the baptist

Virgin
and Child

Virgin and Child with Saint Ann

A
Young Man

A Young Man

Sala
Delle Asse

Sala Delle Asse

The Virgin
of the Rocks

The Virgin of the Rocks

Ginevra
de Benci

Ginevra de Benci

Lady with
Ermine

Lady with Ermine

Ginevra
de Benci

Portrait of Ginevra de Benci

Saint John
the Baptist

Saint John  the Baptist


Leda

Leda


Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa