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Leonardo Da Vinci And The Last Renaissance

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Art is never static. It evolves and exists within context. The growing body of scientific knowledge provided inspiration for the artists who interpreted events occurring around them in different ways. Inevitably, it was used to enrich their art.

The Renaissance.
Curious as to how the human body functioned, Leonardo Da Vinci dissected corpses from which he made numerous anatomical drawings. He was interested in how the tissues, veins and nerves were connected, and he even conducted an experiment to determine how the muscles in the heart worked.

He understood anatomy, and from his detailed sketches of human muscle in the face, arms and legs, it is no wonder his version of The Last Supper in 1482 is the only one that depicts the disciples as people, displaying real emotions, possibly because he used his knowledge of facial muscles to create expressions and reactions that were recognizable. ‘A man with expertise in many fields’, (2017, Khan Academy) Leonardo’s influence can be seen in many works during
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The figures look real and are proportional but I believe that it is the central figure lifting Christ on the cross that draws the most attention. He is strong and it is clear that he has put everything he has into lifting Christ on the cross. His shoulders and back says it all as his highly defined body strains at the job at hand. Even his legs (calves) do their share of lifting as his muscles stand out under the pressure. The knowledge applied here creates movement; the diagonals in this painting make it so realistic and convey the emotional and physical difficulty of what was being
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