Leonardo Da Vinci was born in Italy on April 15, 1452. He lived with his father and when he was 15 years old his father apprenticed him to the Andrea Del Verrocio workshop in Florence. He was very good so by age 20 he was very famous.

Leonardo wished to create accurate details of life. He realized that objects were defined by shadow and light rather than outlines. His technique gave his paintings a lifelike quality as he used color to create a soft atmosphere and depth.

Leonardo believed that besides the rules of perspective, an artist must know the laws of nature so to improve his artwork, he turned to science to study anatomy and nature, making him the first artist to study the physical proportions of people.

In 1482 He began to work for the Duke of Milan, where he spent 17 years. During these years Leonardo worked on designing buildings, machinery and weapons besides artistic projects.

Leonardo had so many interests that he usually didn't finish many of the projects he began so he only completed about six works of art.

Between 1490 and 1495 he began to record his studies of painting, architecture, human anatomy and elements of mechanics in illustrated notebooks.
Leonardo was left to search for a new patron after the invasion of the French in 1499. The next 16 years were spent in
Italy working on different jobs.

From 1513 to 1516, he worked for the Pope in
Rome as he continued his studies of human anatomy and physiology.

 


Leonardo developed a paralysis on his right hand but he was still able to teach and draw and on May 2, 1519 Leonardo passed away in ClouxFrance.

MONA LISA: This has to be one of the most famous paintings. People say that when you stand before the painting and then move, that her eyes seem to follow you. One can not stop wondering also why she is smiling.

Leonardo painted the Mona Lisa in 1506 on a piece of pine wood. He painted the background out of proportion to make her stand out. His notebooks do not show anyone that matches the description of the Mona Lisa. 

There is a theory that the Mona Lisa is a self-portrait of himself! Dr. Lillian Schwartz of Bell Labs studied the facial features of Leonardo’s self portrait and the Mona Lisa’s and noticed a close resemblance to each other. Using a computer she overlapped the two images and they perfectly aligned! Hum!?!? What do you think? 

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