Leonardo Da Vinci Oil Painting Reproductions
“Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.” Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci Paintings
Leonardo da Vinci lived from April 15, 1452 until May 2, 1519 and is a man who had many strengths and is well-known throughout the world. Most people know Leonardo da Vinci paintings because they are so prominent; however, he was also a polymath, architect, sculptor, scientist, musician, engineer, mathematician, anatomist, geologist, writer, and botanist, among other things. He is considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time, as well as incredibly and diversely talented. Many of his anatomy images and drawings, which were illegally created at the time from the dead, have been used to further medicine and to help the medical community.
Da Vinci was an apprentice to Andrea di Cione, and artist who was known as Verrocchio, at the age of 15. At Verrocchio's workshop, da Vinci would have been trained in many skills, including drafting, metal working, plaster casting, mechanics, leather working, and more. Chemistry would have also been taught, as it was a necessity to understanding how to mix and create paints, glazes, and varying clays at the time.
At the age of 20, da Vinci was accepted to the Guild of St. Luke. This guild was made of of artists and doctors, and da Vinci qualified as a master. Da Vinci had his own workshop, but he collaborated often with Verrocchio. For instance, it is believed that he is the model for two of Verracchio's pieces, "David" and Raphael in "Tobias and the Angel."
Da Vinci's famous paintings include the Mona Lisa, which is parodied often and is arguably his most famous piece. The Last Supper is also incredibly famous, and is the most reproduced religious piece known. The piece, "Vitruvian Man" is a well-known piece that is often reproduced and parodied. It is used in text books, and it one early explanation of anatomy.
Da vinci has approximately 15 oil paintings that are still survived today, and these are often shown in combination with his notebooks, which show inventions and anatomy practices. Scientific diagrams, drawings, and more make up the collection of da Vinci works.
In da Vinci's professional life, he was often offered commissioned work. In 1478 he received two commissions, one for an alterpiece and another for "The Adoration of the Magi." Da Vinci never finished either commission, as he left to Milan during the creation of the second. In Milan, he worked on "Virgin of the Rocks" and "The Last Supper." He also created a cartoon of "The Virgin and Child with St. Anne and St. John the Baptist."
In 1502, da Vinci worked as a military architect and engineer, creating maps that aided in strategic planning. Maps were, at the time, unusual. He also constructed a dam between the sea and the city of Florence, which allowed for water to be accessible during every season.
Da Vinci rejoined his guild in 1503, and he designed the mural, "The Battle of Anghiari." After this, he worked on various commissioned works, but died on May 2, 1519.