The man who made art a science, the man who brought infinite beauty into the smile of a simple woman, the man who’s paintings were beyond just colors and canvas, Leonardo Da Vinci was truly – ‘art personified’.
This legend was born in the year 1452 in Anchiano (Italy) which is a small town near Florence. He was born to a wealthy notary and a peasant woman.
As a youngster, he was known to many as a smart and charming individual with a musical inclination and for his communicative abilities.
The Mona Lisa:
In his early years, after serving the Duke of Milan in multiple capacities including as a principal engineer, Leonardo became the court painter to King Louis XII of France in 1506. It is to be noted that even prior to this Leonardo had finished his masterpiece, the Mona Lisa.
Needless to say, as a painter many of his paintings such as Mona Lisa and The Last Supper were immensely popular across the globe. Till this day, owning even a copy of these paintings is considered a prized possession by many.
Being an engineer, he also made some very precisely measured and sculpted sculptures. This eye for three dimensional drawings is what made him an expert designer. His most famous designs are his visionary designs of the helicopter and airplanes which were drawn way beyond his time.
The geometric accuracy of his designs still astound many to say the least. His scientific theories stemmed from careful observations and were documented clearly by him. There are many notebooks of Leonardo which have been found over time, although there are still many which remain undiscovered.
Many of his drawings exhibit clear understanding of human anatomy, structures, his knowledge of proportions, dimensions and draftsmanship.
His drawing of the Vitruvian Man which was made in the year 1487 is an epitome of this face of the master.
The problem with writing about such a great artist is that one can never explain enough about his/her genius, and even after talking or writing for pages, it doesn’t seem that you’ve done justice. So, the best thing to do is experience the work of the genius and enjoy each pixel of it.