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Leonardo da Vinci

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Leonardo's paintings
Leonardo da Vinci painted using typical themes and ideas of the 15th and 16th century. Most of his paintings were very religiously based and used many religious icons, but he also painted many portraits. He was one of the very few artists in his time to accomplish a 3D looking painting. He used the concept of a vanishing point which helped him to achieve perspective and depth in his paintings. In his famous painting, ‘The Last Supper’ he displays this technique very well and makes the viewer’s feel as if they are in the room as it is very realistic. This is because of da Vinci’s magnificent use of perspective.
What is he famous for?
Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian polymath, sculptor, painter, architect, musician, mathematician, anatomist, inventor, engineer, geologist, cartographer, writer and botanist. Da Vinci was mostly known for his amazing work in art. He was one of the best and most influential painters during the Renaissance period. Some of his most famous paintings include: the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Lady with an Ermine, Virgin of the Rocks, The Baptism of Christ and St. John the Baptist. Leonardo was also quite famous for his inventions, some of them are: parachute, machine gun, diving suit, ariel screw/ ariel screw and self-propelled cart.
His early early years
How did Leonardo da Vinci's work affect society at the time?
Leonardo's work in both art and his inventions were very new ideas during his time, the 15th to 16th century. Some of his work was questioned and there were many people who very much disliked Leonardo and his work. Although there were some people who felt this way there were also a lot of people who were inspired to strive and achieve their goals in the area of art and inventing. He brought new technology into the world and advanced the knowledge of his time. He also used new techniques in his paintings that only a few painters were able to master properly.
Leonardo's inventions
Most people agree that Leonardo da Vinci was ahead of his time. He came up with astonishing new ideas that had never been heard of before and were very advanced. He invented a wide variety of things that ranged from weapons, water equipment, work tools and even flying machines. Leonardo was never afraid to think outside of the box and dream big. At the time he was praised for not only his great ideas but also his detailed sketches and plans.
Source Analysis
The notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci 1485 - 1519
Primary source
Leonardo da Vinci

What legacy has Leonardo da Vinci left?
Although technology in inventing and techniques in painting have become much more advanced since Leonardo da Vinci's time he still is known for his amazing work. He played a massive part in history's development of knowledge in art and inventing. Without da Vinci's discoveries we may not have had the knowledge that we now do. When people learn about they da Vinci, not only do they learn about his achievements but also the fact that he came from a very humble background but work his way up to become one of the most famous people in the history of inventions and art. From this, people learn that you can always achieve your goals no matter where you came from or what you have. As long as you are determined you will get there in the end.
Helicopter (ariel screw)
Although a helicopter was not built until the 1940’s, Leonardo’s sketches showed a very similar machine to what had just been built. His sketches showed precise measurements and calculations that determined the size of the helicopter and how it would be flown. Da Vinci’s sketches of his version of a helicopter displayed a very deep understanding of modern technologies in his time. His sketches showed that it would be made of red linen and wire. Unfortunately modern day scientists determined that da Vinci’s helicopter would be unable to take flight due to weight restrictions.
The picture below is Leonardo da Vinci’s helicopter sketches:

Leonardo came from a very humble background; he was the son of peasant woman who was quite young. He was born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy. He lived with and was raised by his father Ser Piero and his multiple stepmothers. His first real involvement in art was when he began apprenticing with the artist Verrocchio at the age of 14. He began to learn a wide variety of skills including: carpentry, leather arts, metalworking, drawing and sculpting. He qualified as a master artist in the Guild of Saint Luke at the age of 20 and soon started work in his own workshop.
By Lillian Haney
Bibliography
These notebooks give us an understanding of some of Leonardo da Vinci's thoughts during his life time. They are useful if you want to find out what Leonardo was thinking at different stages during his life but they are also useful if you wanted to find out what es of things that people believed in during the 15th and 16th centuries. If you were interested in learning about da Vinci himself then his notebooks would be very reliable. However if you wanted to learn about the happenings of the time then they would not be completely reliable as they only include da Vinci's perspective, so they are very bias.
Books
Title: Da Vinci and his super bain
Author: Michael Cox
Publisher: Scholastic children's books
Date published: 2010

Title: LEONARDO
Author: Janice Shell
Publisher: Scala Books
Date published: 1992
Title: history year by year
Author: Peter Chrisp, Joe Fullman and Susan Kennedy
Publisher: A Penguin Company
Date published: 2013
Title: Everyday Life Through The Ages
Publisher: Readers Digest
Date published: 1992
Websites
http://www.biography.com/people/leonardo-da-vinci-40396
Last updated: 2015
http://www.history.com/topics/leonardo-da-vinci
Last updated: 2015
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_da_Vinci
Last updated: 26/3/15
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/da_vinci_leonardo.shtml
Last updated: 2014
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