This week on Prodibi Pixel Magazine, let's focus on Painting and more precisely on master Leonardo Da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance polymath.
He was even called the father of paleontology, painting, and architecture as he was very interested in the invention, sculpting, science, music, engineering, literature, anatomy, astronomy, botany, history, writing...
Let's discover the artist life through full-resolution paintings and history.
About the artist
Leonardo da Vinci, born Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci Florence was born in 1452 in the area of Florence. He was educated in the studio of the famous Florentine painter Andrea del Verrocchio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in the service of Ludovico il Moro in Milan. He later worked in Rome, Bologna, and Venice, and spent his last years in France at the home Francis I of France awarded to him.
Leonardo was, and is, renowned primarily as a painter. But he was also known for being the first "Universal Genius", the true "Renaissance Man", because of his interest, curiosity, and capacity in several domains, not only in art like painting, sculpture, writing, architecture but also in science, anatomy, astrology, botany, history ... He is considered as the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived.
Da Vinci also made a lot of inventions, like very modern flying machines but also an armored fighting vehicle among a lot of other things. He even achieved substantial discoveries in Anatomy and Astronomy.
Among his works as a painter for which he remains famous, the Mona Lisa is the most famous and most parodied portrait, and The Last Supper the most reproduced religious paintings of all time. Leonardo's drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also regarded as a cultural icon, being printed on items as varied as the euro coin, textbooks, and T-shirts.
A Divine Painter
Despite the recent awareness and admiration of Leonardo as a scientist and inventor, for the better part of four hundred years, his fame rested on his achievements as a painter.
A handful of works that are either authenticated or attributed to him have been regarded as among the great masterpieces. These paintings are famous for a variety of qualities that have been much imitated by students and discussed at great length by connoisseurs and critics. By the 1490s Leonardo had already been described as a "Divine" painter.
He was particularly talented because of his knowledge of anatomy, light, physiology, and botany which gave him a lot of skills to make incredibly detailed paintings. He was a master in portraying the human emotions, gestures with subtle tones and light work.
A painting by Leonardo, Salvator Mundi, sold for a world record $450.3 million at a Christie's auction in New York, 15 November 2017, the highest price ever paid for a work of art.
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