Throughout history, artists gained fame and appreciation for their unique style and character. Different artists painted on a wide range of subjects. With every era, came a new artist who got popular for their unique work of art. Some artists made a significant impact on our lives and helped us become more modern with every passing era.
however, some artists were special and made the most impact on our lives including Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci is a leading artist of the Italian Renaissance. He is known for his intellectual and inspiring work.
Born on April 15, 1452, in Florence, Leonardo da Vinci, was the son of Messer Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci, a Florentine noble and Caterina, a peasant woman. Leonardo’s birth name was Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci which means ‘Leonardo son of (Mes)ser Piero from Vinci.
In his early days, Leonardo spent five years in the hamlet of Anchiano and later moved to the town of Vinci where he lived in his grandparent’s house. From an early age, Vinci had artistic talents. At the age of 14, Leonardo da Vinci became a part of an apprenticeship with the renowned artist Andrea del Verrocchio. During this period, he learned many technical skills including leather arts, drawing, metal work, sculpting, painting, carpentry, and much more.
Leonardo da Vinci’s first noted work was a landscape in the Arno valley made in pen and ink. He drew it in 1473. Vinci qualified for membership in Florence’s Guild of Saint Luke as a master artist. After his program he continued to collaborate with his teacher for five more years.
Leonardo da Vinci’s art was inspired by Italian Renaissance. Most of his work depicted human form in a three dimensional manner. He was known as the maestro of shadowing and creating life-like human paintings.
Vinci was the first one to make a scientific study of light and shadow in nature. During his study he realized that objects were not composed of outlines, but were three-dimensional. He also found that objects are only characterized by light and shadow. Due to his study that he was able to draw paintings with soft edges, making his paintings appear more lifelike. Leonardo da Vinci was also the founder of the painting technique called sfumato in which an object’s detail and color changed based on its distance.
Throughout his life, Leonardo da Vinci made use of a variety of painting techniques. His most used medium of painting was oil paint. His most used work surface was a board or canvas. He also painted on stone. Leonardo da Vinci used natural hues in his paintings to achieve a more subtle look. He mostly used browns, blues, and greens that were inspired from the earth.
Leonardo da Vinci is the pioneer of Sfumato, an art style that makes use of smoke like painting technique. His most famous works of art like the Mona Lisa was painted using sfumato, adding illusion and mystery to the painting. His choice of neutral colors is what defines the pale eyes and lips of the painting.
Leonardo da Vinci is most commonly associated with Italian Renaissance. The High Renaissance period lasted 30 years and refers to the work of art of a few exceptional painters. Among the most popular artists belonging to this period include Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci.
Leonardo da Vinci is known for contributing to the world of science and art. Amongst his many achievements, some are listen down below:
● Designed a Tank
Da Vinci designed a war vehicle which we know as a war tank today. He designed a specimen that required eight men to operate the tank which featured 36 guns and a conical cover in the shape of a turtle’s shell. Da Vinci conceptualized the modern-day war tank almost 400 years ago.
● Designed a Mechanical Knight
Leonardo da Vinci designed and constructed a mechanical knight which was also known as Leonardo’s robotor. The sketches made by da Vinci explained that the knight would be operated by a mechanical crank and make use of cables and pullies to perform actions.
● Studied Human and Animal Anatomy
Leonardo studied anatomy for the first time under his master Verrocchio. When da Vinci became a famous artist, he was authorized to dissect human corpses. He drew more than 200 drawings in his book. His sketches and drawings of the human and animal anatomy are the most detailed until the twentieth century.
His other achievements include the following:
● Designed the first model of today’s diving suit
● Defined the process of friction
● Created the concept of parachute, helicopter, and glider gear
Famous Piece of Art
Leonardo da Vinci is known for his world famous paintings including the following:
• Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa is one of da Vinci’s most popular piece of art in oil painting. The painting is drawn on a wood panel and was painted between 1503 and 1519. Today, the painting hangs in the Louvre in Paris where it remains the center of attention for everyone. This painting presents a woman’s half body with a distant landscape in the background. The sexy curves of the woman, her hair and clothing were all created using sfumato technique that da Vinci was most famous for. The woman’s mysterious smile is a subject of discussion for a long time.
● The Last Supper
The Last Supper is another Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting which was created between 1495 and 1498. This Italian Renaissance masterpiece is also one of the best works of Christian art. The painting depicts the scene from the last days of Jesus Christ as mentioned in the Gospel. The painting showcases the twelve apostles among them is the one that Jesus declared will betray him. The picture is placed in the dining hall at the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.
Other famous drawings made by Leonardo da Vinci include the following:
● Vitruvian Man
● Lady with an Ermine
● Self-portrait in red chalk
Leonardo da Vinci is a world renowned artist who is famous for his impressive art skills. He not only created fascinating paintings, but also helped us advance in science.
Be prepared at the beach with these helpful gadgets
Be prepared at the beach with these helpful gadgets that make your life easier and more enjoyable.
ECOXPRO Waterproof Case
This durable waterproof case for smart phones also doubles as a speaker. Not to mention, has pockets to store credit cards, license, etc. The ECOXPRO is a useful gadget to jam out to on the beach OR float next to you in the water while protecting your phone from the elements.
CGear Sand-Free Tote
This is every person’s dream at the beach…
Are you ready for it?
A sand-free bag for the beach! Are you tired of having sand everywhere or worried about it ruin your phone, in the lunch you brought, getting all over your car, or in your house? Also, it is durable with extra-strength straps for cans of soda or beer *wink* and an ocean-themed pattern which is aesthetically pleasing.
Well isn’t this S’well
S’well Textiles Collection Water Bottle
Stay hydrated, look cool, and help others all in one water bottle by S’well. S’well water bottles have absolutely beautiful hand-painted pastel marble designs AND the best part is when you buy a S’well bottle, some of the proceeds go to helping provide clean water and sanitation to communities in-need in Africa. Also, if it couldn’t get any better, a S’well bottle keeps a beverage cold for up to 24 hours.
Pimped out Goggles
Liquid Image Model 305 Hydra Series HD 720P
This high-tech dive mask has an HD camcorder to shoot wide-angle footage in high definition with audio, can capture still images, continuous shots, and waterproof 130 ft under. Take the plunge with the liquid image model 305 Series HD 720P.
Do you get anxiety when your phone battery gets low? The WakaWaka charger is compact and light to solar charge your phone to full charge in two hours. The key is to make sure the WakaWaka Charger soaks in sun rays to solar panel or charge with a USB before going out. It also comes with a beacon light for emergencies. But the best part is that for every WakaWaka Charger you buy, another is sent to a family in-need in the Philippines.
What’s better than your feet in the sand, a refreshing drink by your side, and a good book to read? Here are our top picks for
What’s better than your feet in the sand, a refreshing drink by your side, and a good book to read? Here are our top picks for vacation reads for the beach, mountains, or wherever you may journey. There are different themes for all: whether you are in a light-hearted chick flick mood, an intense on-the-edge of your seat thriller, a child-told fantasy book, or an emotional book about internal struggles of living in this chaotic world. Read on to find out which book grabs your attention the most for a great holiday read.
By Elin Hilderbrand
Are you looking for a laid-back beach read? If chick flicks are your guilty pleasure movies, then try The Rumor a book about two best friends, Madeline and Grace who go on double dates for the summer drinking cocktails at sunset, but a rumor arises and changes everything. The rumor snow balls and the question is… will their friendship ever be the same?
Girl on the Train
By Paula Hawkins
Girl on the Train is a psycho thriller that will make you question the lives of others.
Rachel has recently gone through a loss and one way she copes is seeing the happiness in a suburban house that she passes on her morning commute. She only has about a minute to glance at the loving family before her train moves on but she is content.
Something drastically changes when Rachel witnesses something in that small moment of time and wonders if she should tell the police what she saw. From then on she is immersed and may be hindering rather than helping.
Girl on the Train is a thriller you won’t want to put down.
By Emma Donoghue
Room is a place of love and comfort for Jack, but for his ma, it’s prison; a place she has been trapped for seven years by Old Nick. With Ma’s strong urge for Jack to live a better life, she concocts a plan to escape. But did Ma think about what happens after they do escape and what other world is out there?
Room is a brilliant book of fear, resilience, and bond. Did we mention, the book is told from the perspective of five year old Jack.
Where are you Bernadette
By Maria Semple
Bernadette is bold, blunt, and outspoken. She’s a revolutionary architect and mother/best friend to fifteen year old Bee.
They live in Seattle and the people and atmosphere has become too much for Bernadette and overtime has developed agoraphobia. However, Bernadette had promised Bee a trip to Antarctica if she received an “A” on her report card and as a matter of fact, Bee did, but Bernadette has disappeared.
Bee goes on a search for her mom and has to face the world head on.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are tons of talented singers in this world, but did you know that some singers have written top hits for other famous artists?
There are tons of talented singers in this world, but did you know that some singers have written top hits for other famous artists? Not all singers are songwriters, but Sia is an extraordinarily talented singer AND songwriter who is known for her incredible voice and mysteriously hidden face has written top hits for other artists. Be surprised and check out the list of songs below Sia has written from vulnerable lyrics to vocally challenging and catchy choruses.
Top Songs Sia Wrote:
“Expertease (Ready, Set, Go)” by Jennifer Lopez
“Opportunity” by Quvenzhané Wallis
“Diamonds” by Rihanna
“Making the Most of the Night” by Carly Rae Jepsen
“Chasing Shadows” by Shakira
“Get Over U” by Neon Hitch
“Blank Page” by Christina Aguilera
“Brightest Morning Star” by Britney Spears
“My Heart Is Open” by Maroon 5 featuring Gwen Stefani
“Double Rainbow” by Katy Perry
“Kiss Me Once” by Kylie Minogue
“Battlefield” by Lea Michele
“Boy Problems” by Carly Rae Jepsen
“Perfume” by Britney Spears
“Pretty Hurts” by Beyoncé
More Songs Written by Sia:
– “Godzillionaire” by Brooke Candy
– “Guitars and Microphones” by Kate Pierson
– “We Are One (Ole Ola)” by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte
– “Pop Rock” by Brooke Candy
– “Matrix” by Kate Pierson
– “Acid Rain” by Alexis Jordan
– “Any Day Now” by Cheyenne Jackson
– “I Will Get Over You” by Prischilla Ahn
– “These Hands I Hold” by Bo Bruce
– “Gentlemen” by Jessica Sanchez
– “Crush Me With Your Love” by Kate Pierson
– “Bound to You” by Christina Aguilera
– “God Made You Beautiful” by Beyoncé
– “She’s Pretty, She Lies” by Cheyenne Jackson
– “Freeze You Out” by Marina Kaye
– “Rise Up” by Beyoncé
– “Knock You Out” by Bingo Players
– “Don’t Look at Me” by Cheyenne Jackson
– “Kill, F—k, Marry” by Nikki Williams
– “Rock Bottom” by Marco Mengoni
– “Unite” by Jessie J
– “Bottoms Up” by Kate Pierson
– “Stronger Than Ever” by Christina Aguilera
– “You’re Mine” by Lea Michele
– “Opulence” by Brooke Candy
– “Mister Sister” by Kate Pierson
– “Break the Walls” by Fitz and the Tantrums
– “Strange Birds” by Birdy
– “Radioactive” by Rita Ora
– “Round Your Little Finger” by Katharine McPhee
– “Tears Fall” by Jacquie Lee
– “Breathe” by Jessie J
– “Firecracker” by Cheryl
– “You Don’t Know” by Will Young
– “The Game” by Kelly Rowland
– “You Lost Me” by Christina Aguilera
– “Bring Your Arms” by Kate Pierson
– “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)” by Ne-Yo
– “All I Need” by Christina Aguilera
– “Green Card” by Oh Land
– “Standing on the Sun” by Beyoncé
– “Invincible” by Kelly Clarkson
– “Loved Me Back to Life” by Celine Dion
– “Utopia” by Belinda
– “Time Wave Zero” by Kate Pierson
– “Flashlight” by Jessie J
– “Cannonball” by Lea Michele
– “Who Am I?” Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Quvenzhané Wallis
– “I Am” by Christina Aguilera
– “If You Say So” by Lea Michele
– “Let Your Tears Fall” by Kelly Clarkson
– “I Am Me” by Willow
– “The City’s Yours” by Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis
– “Try Everything” by Shakira
– “Passenger” by Britney Spears
– “Pulls You Under” by Kate Pierson
– “Sexercise” by Kylie Minogue
– “Throw Down the Roses” by Kate Pierson
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