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How Did Leonardo Da Vinci Use Shadows To Portray A 3 Dimensional Image

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During Leonardo da Vinci’s time, art was consisted mostly of religious paintings that 2 dimensional appearance. I found it to be interesting that people did not understand how to paint with shadows to portray a 3 dimensional image. You would think that any artist of any time would know how to do this. IF you look at the art before his time much of it lacks physical depth. By seeking to improve paintings by breathing more realism into them he applied his knowledge he had as a scientist. He studied how we perceive light as it hits solid objects and tried to produce that on canvas. This lead Da Vinci to develop: Chiaroscuro- a technique used that focuses on using shadows to portray depth while mainly using the contrast of light and dark
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