Thursday, September 25, 2008
LEONARDO DA VINCI
Leonardo da Vinci was a true Renaissance man. The definition of a Renaissance man is
“a man who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both arts and sciences.” There is no phrase, which can better summarize da Vinci and his incredible accomplishments.
His brilliance was revealed early on, and his experiences as a young man greatly influenced his later life. He grew to be a gifted and innovative painter, whose works and techniques are among the most well known of his time.
He is also viewed as an influential sculptor. Also, Leonardo made many inventions, and was able to fore tell the design of many machines which are still in use today.
Yet another area he excelled in was the field of science, particularly with his incredibly detailed and accurate anatomical illustrations. Because of his amazing talent in so many areas, Leonardo da Vinci is considered to be the epitome of a Renaissance man.
Leonardo da Vinci’s early life had a profound effect on his later accomplishments. Like William Shakespeare, he came from an insignificant background and, purely because of his genius, became one of the most influential people of his time. He was born on April 15, 1452, at 3 A.M. in the small town of Vinci.
“It is true that I cannot stand my brushes, but I feel that I have offended God and all of mankind by not working as hard at art as I should have.” Leonardo da Vinci on his death bed .
There are many artists that have become well known over the years. such as, Vincent van Gogh and Michelangelo, but no artist has accomplished as much as Leonardo da Vinci did in many different fields of artwork and science. Not only is the Mona Lisa the most world renown painting, Leonardo came up with the ideas and drawings of a machine gun, tank, helicopter, and other objects we use today back in the 1400's. He was a man ahead of his time. His contributions in the areas of art, science, and humanity are still among the most important that a single man has put forth, definitely making his a life worth knowing.