On the trail of Leonardo

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Posted by cusmano77

05/Dec/2017

The world famous Leonardo Da Vinci the Italian painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist, brought many works of art to life for the eyes of many to be especially inspired by.

His greatest inspiration was his birthplace, Tuscany, which was where his famous Mona Lisa painting was one of his greatest inspirations. Born on April 15, 1452, Da Vinci, was raised by his grandparents in a farmhouse located in a frazione in Vinci, a town now named after him.

Da Vinci grew to appreciate Tuscany so much, that used colors that reminded him of Tuscany in his work. Many of Da Vinci’s paintings includes typical bluish and misty horizons.

Adoration of Magi

One piece of artwork that is visible for visitors to in Tuscany during their visit, is the Adoration of Magi, which was very common in the 15th century in Florence.

The scene in the painting represented the new era in Christianity, which  was a world born to Jesus and his triumph over the Pagan values.

Although Da Vinci started it in 1481, he left it unfinished, with some of the reason being because of his concerns of the aesthetic result and other concerns are because of the experimenting with new techniques he had tried.

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Salai

In this painting, it is assumed that it is the painting of one of his apprentices, Gian Giacomo Caprotti da Oreno (Salai).

She was described as a graceful and beautiful youth and many believe that she was also the model of many of Da Vinci’s paintings, which is why there are similar facial features in most of his paintings.

Salai lived in Da Vinci’s house for thirty years and was also the subject of some of his more erotic work.

Annunciation

Da Vinci created this work when he was just twenty years old. It followed a centuries old model with an angel on the left and a virgin on the right. Da Vinci worked on this piece with the artist Verrochio, who had done a great deal of the work, but left the background and some of the angel left for Da Vinci to finish up. This work i considered of high stylistic and poetic.

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Study for The Last Supper

These studies or copies and engravings began to emerge after the renovation of the the Last Supper painting in 1999.

The Last Supper Painting one of two of Leonardo Da Vinci’s two most famous works and he created as a decoration to the monks’ dining room in the monastery of Santa delle Grazie. This painting involved hime experimenting with various painting techniques and he used both oil and tempura painting methods to complete the work.

Da Vinci presented the biblical story in a way that had never been seen before. From the dishes to the drapery, everything that was created by Da Vinci was done in great detail. Although the Last Supper has struggled to stay intact over the years, Leonardo Da Vinci created the effect of the room in which Christ and his apostles were in as an extension of his refectory.

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