Leonardo da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci

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born
in Vinci, Republic of Florence, Italy
April 06, 1452

died
March 23, 1519

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It was on April 15, 1452, that Leonardo was born in the town of Vinci, Republic of Florence, in what is now in Italy, the illegitimate son of a notary and a barmaid. It is from his birthplace that he is known as Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo seemed to master every subject to which he turned his attention: he was a painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer, wrote poetry and stories: the prototype Renaissance man!

His Last Supper (1495-97) and Mona Lisa (La Gioconda, 1503-06) are among the most popular paintings from the Renaissance. He and his rival Michelangelo did great service to the medical arts by accurate paintings of dissections, which were only occasionally allowed by the Church. Yet, his artistry appeared to be an afterthou...more


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“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
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“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”
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