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Leonardo Da Vinci - A True Renaissance Man

May 1, 2008
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519) was the epitome of the Italian Renaissance Man. His interests were as varied as his art. He had a profound impact on almost every field of study both as a scientist and as an artist. He is one of the most talked about artists of all time. A name that most people can recall as a famous name. It is interesting to note that Leonardo, a brilliant man, conceptualized many ideas way ahead of his time such as the calculator, the helicopter, a tank, solar power and a theory on plate tectonics. Leonardo would sketch hundreds of topics and drawings into his journals consistently. He was always moving ahead with ideas that would spiral around in his brilliant mind! A true genius it is sad that he did not live to see such inventions come to life.

The amazing mind of Leonardo would however captivate the art world for many years to come. As of recently, the "Da Vinci code" and other literary works that followed have increased admiration for Leonardo's work especially as a scientist and inventor. Nevertheless, his glory rests on his great achievements as an oil painter. Specifically, due to a handful of art works that are considered to be among the most popular art masterpieces ever created.

The Da Vinci masterpieces are famous for a variety of reasons. From the subjects to the mystery that surround the oil paintings. The paintings have been researched and discussed by connoisseurs and critics since their conception.

The following attributes that make Leonardo Da Vinci's work so unique are:

- His will to innovate - using various techniques for layering onto the paint. These techniques are displayed throughout his various paintings.

- His thorough knowledge of the human body.

- His insightful work in optics and light fixtures. Leonardo had a unique insight that appeared to come naturally and is displayed in his works.

- His profound interest in Geology and other life sciences.

- His keen intellect and will to learn about human nature, including human behavior and responsiveness.

All of these rare qualities have somehow come together in the form of one man during the dawn of forward thought - 16th Century Renaissance. His ability to incorporate all of his passion and interests onto a bare canvas, have made us all view his art on many different levels. Leonardo's work is interesting and profound, dazzling our interest for centuries.
It only takes a simple glimpse in paintings such as, the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper to understand the amazing talent of Leonardo Da Vinci . Many museums have displays celebrating his unique paintings outlining his unique life that was admired by many.

These two oil paintings, the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper are not only the most famous and most recreated oil paintings of all times, but they are also a source of numerous conspiracy theories. Many people have speculated and analyzed these two paintings for hundreds of years and the truth will probably forever remain tucked away somewhere under that Mona Lisa smile.
About the Author
Amitai Sasson, of Overstockart.com is a renowned world traveler on a mission to seek out the beauty and passion of the art world. As an avid enthusiast of art and oil paintings , he contributes greatly to the industry with his writing. Read more on art and wall décor today!
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