Leonardo Da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452 in Vinci, Tuscany, during a time called the Renaissance. His creations of art and advancements in science not only surpassed those of his time, but have contributed to the fundamentals of modern day technology and are arguably the greatest in history. Many of da Vinci's paintings remain today as proof of his pioneered techniques, brilliance, and talent. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language defines "renaissance man" as "[a] man who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences." This is a term still used today, and its derivation is obvious. Many people in the Fourteenth to Sixteenth Centuries were skillful artists and scientists,…show more content…
The influence of the Italian Renaissance affected northern Europe at the beginning of the Fifteenth Century, called the Northern Renaissance. This renewal of cultural activity was marked by an acute interest in human beings and by the use of natural detail in paintings. An interest in ancient art and a knowledge of linear perspective did not develop in the north until the Sixteenth Century; and even then, not all artists used the discoveries that were made in Italy. Another statement from James Snyder is that one of the most important of Fifteenth Century Netherlandish painters was Jan van Eyck, who painted the remarkable Ghent Altarpiece. It contains hundreds of figures, as well as a variety of vegetation so carefully rendered that more than thirty plant species can be identified. Other outstanding artists of the period were Rogier van der Weyden, who focused on emotional drama in his religious paintings; Hans Memling, who created delicate, graceful figures against ethereal backgrounds; and Hugo van der Goes, who painted a superb altarpiece with a wealth of precise details for the Italian Portinari family. Characteristic of all these artists was the use of symbols, or iconography (57). Three other artists from this period, as described by the book Who and When? The Renaissance: Artists and Writers, are Pieter Brueghel, Albrecht Durer, and Hieronymus Bosch. Brueghal is famous for his lively, colorful, and humorous paintings of ordinary people going about their

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