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Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci was the most famous artist in the period called renaissance. This period was approximately from the middle of the 1300 century and until the middle of the 1500 century
The renaissance period was a period of changes in the european cultural development.

Leonardo da Vinci was in many ways in front of the culturul, medical and technical development.
Leonardo worked on areas like painter, architect, engineer, astronomy, sculptor and so on. I reckon you could call da Vinci an universal genius.
I am sure that he loved to experiment on new ideas through his whole life.

Leonardo da Vinci was born in the year 1452 in a small town called Vinci, close to the city Florence. Already as a little child he had extraordinary skills. As a fourteen year old kid his father placed him as a kind of student at the painter and sculptor called Andrea del Verrocchio.

Leonardo da Vinci was working as a painter for ten years in Florence from the year 1472.
Around 1482 he travelled to Milan where he later painted the famous ”the last supper” through the years 1495-97. L Da Vinci left Milan in 1499 and went back to Florence where he painted Mona Lisa in 1503 – 1506. So my copy was as earlier mentioned finished around 500 years after the original.
A typic thing about Leonardo da Vincis art is his deep understanding of the beauty in human body. His art was both a psychological and scientific study
His works has been a great help to medicine study in the following years.

Leonardo da Vinci used to write down what he found out, but he wrote everything down invert because he wrote with his left hand. There has been speculation about why he did just that. One theory is that da Vinci was afraid of what might happen if everyone could read about what he was doing.

 

Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous scientists who have ever lived. Leonardo's approach to science was an observational one: he tried to understand a phenomenon by describing and depicting it in utmost detail.
Da Vinci even studied fossils and had his own theory about them. He might have been the first person who meant that the fossils was older than the flood of sin or what it is called in english.
From September 1513 to 1516, Leonardo spent much of his time living in the Belvedere in the Vatican in Rome, where Raphael and Michelangelo were both active at the time.

Leonardo da Vinci died 67 years old in may 1519.

Some twenty years after Leonardo da Vincis death, François was reported by the goldsmith and sculptor Benevenuto Cellini as saying: "There had never been another man born in the world who knew as much as Leonardo, not so much about painting, sculpture and architecture, and that he also was a very great philosopher."

I am sure that Leonardo da Vinci will be the most popular artist for many hundreds of years to come, even if some of his works is falling apart.

If you haven`t yet seen any of Leonardo da vincis works, i would recomend that you take a trip to Paris where you will be able to study his most famous works except "the last supper".