LEONARDO DA VINCI

PRESENTATION ON A RENAISSANCE ARTIST.

Leonardo Di Ser Piero Da Vinci (15 April 1452–2 May 1519) was an italian polymath. he was a mathematician, architect, inventor, painter, sculptor, astronomy, anatomy, botany, writing, engineering, science, geology, literature, history and cartography. he is considered as the father of paleontology, ichnology and architecture and is considered widely as the greatest painters of all time. because of his genius many historians and scholars regard da Vinci as the “renaissance man”. his life and personality is somewhat a mystery but his view of the world was logical rather than mysterious. his inventions are till date inspiring designers and engineers to come with new ideas. he practiced anatomy in a period where church considered cutting the human flesh as a sin.

leonardo is primarily known for his breathtaking paintings. his works included the magnificent painting of Mona which was painted between 1503 and 1506. leonardo may have continued working on it till 1517. it is the most copied, most written about, most visited, most sung about and best known piece of art in the world. it was acquired by King Francis 1 of France and is now the property of the French Republic, on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1797.

The Last Supper was done in 1495–1499. its the most reproduced religious painting of all time and is also one of the most studied, scrutinized and satirized painting.

the vitruvian man, a drawing is regarded as a cultural icon. the drawing is accompanied by notes based on the work of the architect Vitruvius. done in pen and ink on paper depicts a man in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and inscribed in a circle and square.

THE LADY WITH AN ERMINE

the painting is done in oil on wood panel around 1489–1490 when the medium of oil painting was relatively new to Italy having been introduced in 1470s. the portray is of Cecilia Gallerani when she was mistress pf Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan and leonardo was in the service of the Duke. the painting is one of only four portraits of women painted by leonardo others being Mona Lisa, The Portrait of Ginevra De’ Benci and La Belle Ferronniere. its being currently displayed at the Wawel Royal Castle while renovations are being carried out at paintings home, Czartoryski Museum, Krakow, Poland.

MONA LISA

its a half-length portrait of a woman done during a period of 1503 and 1506 and perhaps worked on it till 1517 with il on a white Lombardy Poplar Panel. the painting is one of the most written about, most sung about, most visited and the most parodied work of art of all time. it is believed that the portrait is of Lisa Del Giocondo, wife of florentine businessman Francesco Del Giocondo. da vinci used a pyramid design to place the woman simply and calmly in the space of the painting. he used the simple formula of a seated woman which was used mainly for paintings of madonna and were really popular at that time.

THE LAST SUPPER

the painting was done in 1495–1499 with tempera on gesso, pitch and mastic. the painting depicts the last supper of jesus with his 12 disciples when he also declares that one of them would betray him as it is told in the Gospel of John, 13:21. due to the methods used, and a variety of environmental factors, as well as intentional damage, very little of the painting remains today, despite numerous restoration attempts, the last attempt being completed in 1999. the painting covers an end wall of the dining hall at the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. the painting was commissioned by Sforza to be the centrepiece of the mausoleum. the opposite wall of the refectory is covered by the Crucifixion fresco by Giovanni Donato da Montorfano, to which leonardo added figures of the Sforza family in tempera. (these figures have deteriorated in much the same way as has The Last Supper.)

SALVATOR MUNDI

its a painting of christ as Salvator Mundi recently attributed da Vinci who is known to have painted the subject. it was lost and later rediscovered and restored and exhibited on 2011. the painting was done in oil on walnut around 1490–1519. in the painting christ is depicted in Renaissance garb, giving benediction with his raised right hand and crossed fingers while holding crystal sphere in his left hand.

PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG FIANCEE

the portrait is also known as the La Bella Principessa during the period of 1495–1496 and was done with coloured chalks and ink on Vellum. the mix media painting represents a girl in her early teens with fashionable apparels and hairstyle. the girl is depicted in profile, the usual way in which Italian artist of the 15th century created enduring portraits. the apparels of the girl indicate that she was a member of the court of Milan, during the 1490s.

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