• Handsome Alone - never married• Painted great religious works Not a religious person• Friendly No friends• Quick to laugh Secretive• Loved animals No loyalty to any person
Legend has it that young Leonardo was asked by his father to paint a roundshield. Like many teenagers, he thoughtit would be cool to paint a really creepy head, so he brought in all sorts of vermin -- lizards, bats, maggots, etc. -- and painted a disgusting monsterexhaling smoke and poison gas. He was so engrossed in his painting that he failed to notice that his animal specimens had begun to rot, and when he finally allowed his father to see it the man was so startled by its realism that he knew his son was an artist.
• Leonardo was born in 1452, in the small village of Vinci.
• Leonardo was a curious dreamer, shy and lonely. • His earliest fascination was with birds. In addition to being just about the smartest person ever, Leonardo is reported to have been a strikingly handsome man with great strength and a fine singing voice. Andunlike his fellow 15th-century Italians, he was a vegetarian and followed strict dietary rules. In fact, he loved animals so much that he would often buy caged animals at the market just to set them free.
• Apprenticed to the artist Verrocchio, he learned sculpting and painting. Verrocchios best-known painting is the famous Baptism of Christ, famous because the youthful Leonardo is said to have painted the dreamy and romantic angel on the far left, who compares more than favorably with the stubby lack of distinction in the masters own angel immediately beside him.
• Leonardo studied and usedmathematicsand anatomy in his art.
Between 1490 and 1495 he recorded his studies in meticulously illustrated notebooks. His work covered four main themes: painting, architecture, the elements of mechanics, and human anatomy. These sketches were collected into various manuscripts, which are now collected by museums andindividuals (Bill Gates recently plunked down $30 million for the one of these notebooks!).
Characteristics of Leonardo’s art • Posing figures in triangles • Hazy or indistinct backgrounds • Heavy shading
• “Mona Lisa” - the world’s most famous face.
• Who was she?
• The world’s most famous religious painting “The Last Supper”
Instead of showing the 12 apostles as individual figures, he grouped them in units of three, framing the figure of Christ, isolated in the center of the picture. Seated before a distant landscape seen through a rectangular opening in the wall,Christ - who is about to announce that one of those present will betray him - represents a calm nucleus while the others respond with animated gestures. He experimented with a new It is agreed by most art historians technique and painted onto that the second man from the right drywall rather than using the in that fresco is Leonardo himself inmore typical "Fresco" technique the guise of Thaddeus.of applying paint to wet plaster.
• Only about 12 of Leonardo’s paintings survive today.
• Inventions of flight include the helicopter, parachute, and glider.
• Inventions of war included tanks...
• …and the machine gun.
• Everyday inventions included the wheelbarrow and the handkerchief.
In his time he is remembered, and in ourtime he is recognized, as an inventor, scientist, engineer, architect, painter, sculptor, musician, mathematician, anatomist, astronomer,geologist, biologist, and philosopher…a true Renaissance man.
This is what his This is what his signature looked like ifsignature looked like he wanted you to be backwards. able to read it. Leonardo wrote in Italian using a special kind of shorthand that he invented himself. He usually used "mirror writing", starting at the right side of the page and moving to the left.
People who knew Leonardo left records that they saw himwrite and paint left handed. He also made sketches showinghis own left hand at work. Being a lefty was highly unusualin Leonardos time. Because people were superstitious,children who naturally started using their left hands to writeand draw were forced to use their right hands.
1. Your teacher will give you a piece of paper. Try writing your name backwards in cursive. Once you are comfortable with this, try writing a sentence to a friend and see if they can read it. 2. Hold a pen or pencil in each hand. Write backwards with your normal writing hand and at the same time, write forwards with the opposite hand, having one hand mirror the other. Is this easier?Why do you think Leonardo wrote backwards (mirror writing)?
No one knows the true reason Leonardo used mirror writing,though several possibilities have been suggested: He was trying to make it harder for people to read his notes and steal his ideas. He was hiding his scientific ideas from the powerful Roman Catholic Church, whose teachings sometimes disagreed with what Leonardo observed. Writing left handed from left to right was messy because the ink just put down would smear as his hand moved across it. Leonardo chose to write in reverse because it prevented smudging.