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Half-Portrait

Leonardo da Vinci
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Raymond Hutchinson

on 2 February 2016

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Half-Portrait
Rubric
(cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
(cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr
(cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr
(cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
Leonardo da Vinci is the most recognized artist of the
Italian
Renaissance.
He is celebrated as a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist.
Leonardo is best known for the
Mona Lisa
and the Last Supper.
Leonardo da Vinci
1452-1519
Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa is the world’s most famous portrait, if not work of art. She is best known for her
puzzling smile.
Mona Lisa‘s eyes also appears to be following the viewer.
Although the identity of Mona Lisa is unknown, some believe that she is actually a self-portrait of Leonardo! X-rays of the painting and close comparison with drawings of Leonardo suggest that this may actually be true.
Renaissance means
“rebirth.”
The term describes the movement that led to new interests and achievements in art, literature, and science. These achievements were a revival of
Greek and Roman
ideals. It began in the early 1300’s and lasted through the mid 1500’s. (Really got kickin’ in the 1400’s)
Problem
Inventions
Architecture
Paintings
Mirror Writing
Anatomy
The Original Renaissance Man
Most of his studies on architecture were considered
theoretical.
Although da Vinci is known today as a scientist, inventor, and architect, his fame as an artist rested on his achievements as a
painter
for nearly 400 years.
His detailed knowledge of anatomy, expressive emotion through gesture, as well as his innovative use of
sfumato
and
chiaroscuro
helped set his paintings apart; making him such a celebrated painter.
Da Vinci pioneered the use of
atmospheric
perspective, bringing scenes to life with fantastical backgrounds and real and imagined architectural details.
Despite having produced only a small number of paintings, many of which remained unfinished, da Vinci is still revered as an extraordinarily
innovative
and influential artist.
Goals:
To learn about Leonardo da Vinci’s life and his works.
Successfully draw and shade all portions of a
portrait.

Demonstrate an understanding of the differences between the
proportions
established by Leonardo da Vinci and the newly introduced set of proportions.
Drawing
Shading
Overall Appearance
Although da Vinci never
finished,
or even built, very little architectural work, he proposed a number of designs. Plans ranged from domed churches to palaces to entire cities.
Sfumato is characterized by subtle changes between areas of color, creating a hazy or smoky effect. Chiaroscuro literally means “light-dark” and refers to the technique of defining forms through contrasts of light and shadow.
After becoming a successful artist, Leonardo was given permission to dissect human
corpses.
Not only did dissecting corpses satisfy his scientific curiosity, but it allowed him to get a better understanding of anatomy and proportions.
Although a genius, Leonardo never finished very many projects or fully realizes most of his inventions. Perhaps he got
bored
too easily.
Leonardo often used "mirror writing" while making notes in his sketchbook. He would begin at the right side of the page and move to the left. The only way to read his writing would be to hold it up to a
mirror.
Leonardo may have used mirror writing for a number of reasons:
At the time, left-handedness was considered the devil's work and lefties were often forced to use their right hand. Leonardo simply refused to agree. It has been suggested that this "difference" was a reflection of his genius.
In those days people would write with pen and ink. As your hand crossed the page it would smudge the text. Leonardo would have solved this problem with mirror writing.
Leonardo may have used mirror writing to keep others from stealing his ideas. Mirror writing is very difficult to read.
Leonardo had drawings for inventions like helicopters and
tanks
hundreds of years before anyone else would think of them.

Leonardo used the information gained from his dissections to create anatomically accurate works of art. In da Vinci's day, dissecting dead bodies was frowned upon but he was still able to dissect at least
19
corpses.
To create a half-portrait while evaluating the differences between the proportions established by Leonardo da Vinci and the newly introduced set of proportions.
Mona's Proportions
A few major artists were Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello.
Proportion
- the size or location of an object when compared to another.
½
New set of proportions
Each magazine portrait will be facing forward and be at least
six
inches in height.

Students with portraits wearing sunglasses will be required to complete an illustration of an eye on an additional sheet of paper.

Portraits will be
completely
shaded. Yes, this includes the
background.

Portrait proportions will be
accurate
and well drawn. Mr. H will demonstrate how to draw the eyes, nose, mouth, and hair.
Expectations
Choose a large magazine portrait –at least 6 inches tall and facing forward.

Have Mr. H cut portrait in half at the paper cutter.

Glue smaller half to drawing paper using rubber cement.

Draw features. Wait for the demos!!

Shade portraits. Don’t forget the background!!
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