Renaissance Man: Leonardo Da Vinci - AP European History

Renaissance Man: Leonardo Da Vinci Could he really see into the future? Early Life Born the son of a middle class notary and peasant woman in Vinci (Florence territory), Italy. At the age of 14, Leonardo becomes the apprentice of Verrocchio, a well known

artist in Italy at the time. Not much is known of Leonardos early life. Leonardo the Scientist Studied many topics such as anatomy, zoology, botany, geology, optics, aerodynamics and hydrodynamics among

others. He was fascinated by the study of physiognomy, the science of evaluating a persons character by his or her facial features. Leonardo the Artist

The Last Supper The Virgin of the Rocks Leonardos desire to paint things realistically was bold and fresh, and eventually became

the standard for painters who followed in the 16th century. Went beyond his teaching by making a scientific study of light and shadow in nature. Objects were not comprised of outlines, but were actually 3-D bodies defined by light and shadow.

Leonardo the Inventor Adapted drawing skills to the more lucrative fields of architecture, military engineering, canal building and

weapons design. Leonardo wanted to create "new machines" for a "new world Based on the gear, he came up with loads of different ideas, including the bicycle, a helicopter, an auto-mobile, and many military weapons.

Leonardos first idea for a catapult Leonardos Helicopter The First Tank Leo-chute Diving During the Renaissance?

The Machine Gun This machine actually consisted of three sets of machine guns, set on a rotating drum. When the first set is fired, the force of the explosion would pivot the guns down, bringing the next set of guns to the top,

ready to be fired. Right to Left Leonardo wrote in Italian using a special kind of shorthand that he invented himself. FYI: Leonardo was a lefty! He usually used mirror writing, starting at the right

side of the page and moving to the left. Only when he was writing something intended for other people did he write in the normal direction. Leonardos Signature in a notebook Notebooks

Da Vinci scholars believe that there were at least 50 notebooks left in the hands of da Vinci's pupil Francesco Melzi at the master's death. Today, just 28 of them survive in museums and with collectors around the world, including the British Museum, The Louvre and Bill Gates. The Louvre is in the process of digitizing its

12 notebooks so that visitors and scholars can have the experience (nearly) of leafing through the delicate pages. Mystery of the Mona Lisa He recorded in his notebooks the records of model sittings; but records of the Mona Lisa model sitting are nowhere to be found. Theories are that Leonardo

painted himself, and this theory is supported by analyzing the facial features of Leonardos face and that of the famous painting. If the features of the face were placed on top of each other, and flipped, they would align perfectly.

Personal Life We dont really know that much about Leonardos personal life. Kept his personal life personal. Speculation of his sexuality. Was a vegetarian. Only woman known to have a relationship Isabella dEste (a wealthy patron family in Italy and also known as the First lady of the Renaissance).

Death Leonardo is believed to have died of natural causes at the age of 85 on May 2, 1519 in Cloux, France.

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