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Leonardo Da Vinci Influence On Art

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Now in order to find out the influence of renaissance arts to the later western art and society, I am going to talk about the the art works of Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo spent about twenty years (1480-1499) in the service of Lodovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan. His output during this period included two of his best known paintings: The Virgin of the Rocks and The Last Supper.

About 1495, Ludovico commissioned da Vinci to paint “The Last Supper” on the back wall of the dining hall inside the monastery of Milan’s Santa Maria delle Grazie. The masterpiece, which took approximately three years to complete, captures the drama of the moment when Jesus informs the Twelve Apostles gathered for Passover dinner that one of them would soon betray him. The range of facial expressions and the body language of the figures around the table bring the masterful composition to life. The pigments of the painting “The Last Supper” were invented by himself. He used a mixture which contain tempera and oil instant of the pigments which were widely used in painting the fresco in the Middle Age. Because this pigment was a mixture of organic matter, like eggs and milk, and Leonardo Da Vinci painted it very thin, which resulted in the "last supper" starting seriously peeling off due to moisture after 50 years.
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Scenography means that “the art of portraying objects or scenes in perspective”. Leonardo da Vinci converged the all perspective line of mat, floor and ceiling to the head of the Christ, which was the center of the picture and made the picture feel more harmonious and symmetrical. Leonardo da Vinci drew the Christ in the center of the picture, which was also the optical center. He also used the light of the windows which were behind the Christ to make the Christ become more noticeable and let people’s vision concentrate on the
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