Leonardo da Vinci Art

Leonardo da Vinci Art

Leonardo da Vinci (1452, Vinci, Florence, Italy - May 2, 1519, Cloux, France), Italian High Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, scientist and inventor whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. His Last Supper (1497) and Mona Lisa (1506) are among the most widely popular and influential paintings of the Renaissance. His notebooks reveal a spirit of scientific inquiry and a mechanical inventiveness that were centuries ahead of his time.

Leonardo da Vinci was an amazing painter. His paintings contained incredible detail, which made them seem almost real. This detail included things like various shadow effects and textures which gave the works lifelike appearances. Although Leonardo produced a relatively small number of paintings, many of which remained unfinished, he was nevertheless an extraordinarily innovative and influential artist.

Leonardo's stylistic innovations are most apparent in The Last Supper, in which he represented a traditional theme in an entirely new way. Instead of showing the 12 apostles as individual figures, he grouped them in dynamic compositional units of three, framing the figure of Christ, who is isolated in the center of the picture.

The Mona Lisa, Leonardo's most famous work, is as well known for its mastery of technical innovations as for the mysteriousness of its legendary smiling subject. This work is a consummate example of two techniques - sfumato and chiaroscuro - of which Leonardo was one of the first great masters. Sfumato is characterized by subtle, almost infinitesimal transitions between color areas, creating a delicately atmospheric haze or smoky effect. Chiaroscuro is the technique of modeling and defining forms through contrasts of light and shadow.

Leonardo was among the first to introduce atmospheric perspective into his landscape backgrounds, an especially notable characteristic of his paintings. The chief masters of the High Renaissance in Florence, including Raphael, all learned from Leonardo; he completely transformed the school of Milan.

Leonardo da Vinci was a man of both worlds. He was a master of both of art and science.

As a scientist Leonardo towered above all his contemporaries. Leonardo actually anticipated many discoveries of modern times. In anatomy he studied the circulation of the blood and the action of the eye. He made discoveries in meteorology and geology, learned the effect of the moon on the tides, foreshadowed modern conceptions of continent formation, and surmised the nature of fossil shells. He was among the originators of the science of hydraulics. He invented a large number of ingenious machines, many potentially useful.

The Mona Lisa is often described as the most famous piece in art history. Guinness Book of Records lists the Mona Lisa as the highest insurance value for a painting in history. Most of the world's most famous paintings are owned by museums, who very rarely sell them once acquired. As such, they are quite literally priceless. If for some reason paintings like the Mona Lisa were to become available, it is highly likely that they would sell for values like one billion ($,00) US dollars and above.

Actually Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is priceless and will never be sold, even at higher rates. It's on a permanent exhibition in Museum of Louvre in France.

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  1. Portrait of Ginevra Benci, 1474
  2. Portrait of Ginevra Benci (Detail), 1474
  3. Annunciation, 1475
  4. Annunciation (Detail 1), 1475
  5. Annunciation (Detail 2), 1475
  6. Annunciation (Detail 3), 1475
  7. Annunciation (Detail 4), 1475
  8. Annunciation (Detail 5), 1475
  9. Annunciation (Detail 6), 1475
  10. Annunciation (Detail 7), 1475
  11. Annunciation (Detail 8), 1475
  12. Madonna and Child with a Pomegranate, 1475
  13. The Baptism of Christ, 1475
  14. The Baptism of Christ (Detail 1), 1475
  15. The Baptism of Christ (Detail 2), 1475
  16. Madonna Benois (Madonna with Flower), 1478
  17. The Madonna of the Carnation, 1478
  18. The Madonna of the Carnation (Detail 1), 1478
  19. The Madonna of the Carnation (Detail 2), 1478
  20. The Madonna of the Carnation (Detail 3), 1478
  21. Woman's Head, 1480
  22. Saint Jerome, 1481
  23. Saint Jerome (Detail), 1481
  24. Adoration of the Magi, 1482
  25. Adoration of the Magi (Detail 1), 1482
  26. Adoration of the Magi (Detail 2), 1482
  27. Adoration of the Magi (Detail 3), 1482
  28. Flowers, 1482
  29. Garment Study for a Seated Figure, 1484
  30. Virgin of the Rocks, 1486
  31. Virgin of the Rocks (Detail 1), 1486
  32. Virgin of the Rocks (Detail 2), 1486
  33. Virgin of the Rocks (Detail 3), 1486
  34. Virgin of the Rocks (Detail 4), 1486
  35. Virgin of the Rocks (Detail 5), 1486
  36. Comparison of Scalp Skin and Onion, 1489
  37. Fruit, Vegetables and Other Studies, 1489
  38. Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, 1490
  39. Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani (Detail), 1490
  40. Portrait of a Musician, 1490
  41. Study for the Sforza Monument, 1490
  42. Madonna Litta, 1491
  43. Madonna Litta (Detail 1), 1491
  44. Madonna Litta (Detail 2), 1491
  45. Head of Christ, 1495
  46. La belle Ferroniere, 1495
  47. The Last Supper, 1497
  48. The Last Supper (Detail 1), 1497
  49. The Last Supper (Detail 2), 1497
  50. The Last Supper (Detail 3), 1497
  51. Sforzes Family Arms, 1498
  52. A Huge Mangonel, 1499
  53. Madonna and Child with St. Anne and the Young St. John, 1499
  54. Isabella d'Este, 1500
  55. Madonna with the Yarnwinder, 1501
  56. Study for Madonna with the Yarnwinder, 1501
  57. Map of Tuscany and the Chiana Valley, 1502
  58. Mona Lisa (La Gioconda), 1505
  59. Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) (Copy 1), 1505
  60. Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) (Copy 2), 1505
  61. Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) (Detail 1), 1505
  62. Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) (Detail 2), 1505
  63. Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) (Detail 3), 1505
  64. Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) (Detail 4), 1505
  65. Oak Branch, 1505
  66. Head of Leda, 1506
  67. Virgin of the Rocks, 1506
  68. Machinery, 1507
  69. Star of Bethlehem, 1507
  70. Female Head, 1508
  71. Leda, 1510
  72. Leda (Detail), 1510
  73. The Virgin and Child with St. Anne, 1510
  74. The Virgin and Child with St. Anne (Detail 1), 1510
  75. The Virgin and Child with St. Anne (Detail 2), 1510
  76. St. John in the Wilderness, 1513
  77. St. John the Baptist, 1516
  78. St. John the Baptist (Detail 1), 1516
  79. St. John the Baptist (Detail 2), 1516
  80. St. John the Baptist (Detail 3), 1516

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