Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was born 15th april 1542. We all know who this great man was but let me give an insight incase you want to learn more.
Leonardo, was an Italian Renaissance .. brace yourself , Polymath ( this is a person who has a vast amount of knowledge and knows many things). A few of these being painting, sculpting, architecture even engineering.
He was revered as this Genius, kind of like a superhuman!
Leo (can I call him that?) was born out-of-wedlock to the wealthy Messer Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci – blimming hell that’s a mouthful, & Caterina, a peasant. Theres not much known of Leo’s childhood except that he did receive informal education of maths, latin & geometry. Now, Apparently Leonardo had 17 siblings bless the soul. His father married four times and his mother married another aswell. However, his father did lookout for him making certain he was placed under the tutelage of artist Andrea Verrocchio in Florence.
So lets see some of his extraordinary works:
Mona Lisa – Leonardo painted a portrait of Francesco del Giocondo, wife Mona Lisa. Now Mona is derived from the word Madonna – which basically means Madam. Leo painted this portrait on wood, so if you believed it to be canvas you were fooled!
Heres some fun facts:
Leonardo Da Vinci used more than thirty layers of paint on the Mona Lisa, some of which were thinner than a human hair.
When painting the Mona Lisa, to keep his subject relaxed and entertained, Da Vinci had six musicians to play for her and installed a musical fountain invented by himself. Different, beautiful works were read out loud and a white Persian cat and a greyhound dog were there for her to play with.
Leonardo spent twelve years painting the Mona Lisa’s lips (blimey).
its worth around US$790 million !!
Apparently he wrote from left to right – its called mirror writing or something and no one really knew why.
The Last Supper – is a late 15th-century mural painting. The painting represents the scene of The Last Supper of Jesus (Pbuh with his apostles, as it is told in the Gospel of John, 13:21. Leonardo has depicted the consternation that occurred among the Twelve Disciples when Jesus announced that one of them would betray him. So once again in my religion pictures of Prophets are not allowed to be drawn or painted yet I’m intrigued when seeing this piece of art as it portrays what took place and what was described in the Bible. You can see each conversing with one another, theres frankness and friendliness. It’s almost as though they are trying to see if one of them will reveal themselves as the traitor.
La belle ferronnière – This was once believed to be a portrait of Cecilia Gallerani—one of the mistresses of Lodovico ‘il Moro’ Sforza, Duke of Milan. I love the way he has captured the expression of the lady, as though she is looking intently at something. Maybe someone who’s entered the room or a person who has captured her gaze. The little jewel on her head too , she looks so beautiful and its stunningly depicted through this painting.
Thankyou Leonardo – Your works are truly magnificent as one marvels at them even today ❤
A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by light.