Da Vinci a Man of Math

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Leonardo Da Vinci, Man of Math Ask any given person who the most famous artist during the Renaissance was and the result would be nearly unanimous in the answer of “Leonardo Da Vinci”. But why is that? Yes, there is the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper to his name, but his legacy has extended beyond the world of paint and into other modern popular realms: of best-selling books (The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown) and even world renowned video games (Assassin’s Creed II). For each reproduction of his character, the modern world seems to want more of Leonardo. His ability to wield a paintbrush is undeniable, but other artists from this time could arguably be his equal, or perhaps even better in skill; so the question remains: why is it that these…show more content…
He rationalizes that each eye produces the image of the object viewed in a different location, which produces depth; though the problem with this phenomenon is that it is not producible through paint. There is only one canvas for which the viewer to see, but they are looking at an image through two eyes. Being able to get around this drawback of paint frustrated the man to no end. Ultimately, he knew that there was no way around the fact that a painting could never be an exact copy of what the eyes can see, but he never stopped trying to fake it as best he could. The device he came up with was brilliant, and simple: to blur the objects in the background in order to give a lifelike focus on the object which he wanted the viewer to look at. This had never been done before, as there was emphasis on making sure every nuance of detail was correct. Leonardo understood that by looking at each object in his field of view separately created a fake observation, since when he was actually focused on one subject, his eyes could not focus on the area around them. With the desire to understand proportion, there was a curiosity for geometry, and by learning the methods behind this math form, Leonardo’s work benefitted greatly. By collaborating on De divina proportione with mathematician Fra Luca Pacioli when he was younger, we are able to infer that Leonardo held an interest in furthering his knowledge of math for his personal
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