Essay on Magnificent Minds of the Renaissance

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Magnificent Minds of the Renaissance The renaissance era of the 1500's was a time of artistic, philosophic, and scientific wonder and inspiration. Several new discoveries were made in the areas of science, and assumptions on the world and universe around them were expressed by philosophers. Many individuals had been gifted with artistic creativity and skill. The astonishing achievements of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael are considered momentous to the Renaissance period. In this paper, I will talk about the endeavors and achievements of these three amazing Renaissance men. Born April 15, 1452 in the small Tuscan town of Anchiano to Ser Piero, a wealthy Florentine and Caterina, a peasant woman, Leonardo enjoyed a very…show more content…
(qtd. Encyclopedia Britannica n.pag.). Leonardo created six pieces during his stay in Milan. The most famous of all his paintings, The Last Supper, depicts Jesus with his 12 Apostles during Passover the moment that he reveals that one of them will betray him (Encyclopedia Britannica n.pag.). Unfortunately, by the beginning of the 16th century, the painting began to show deterioration due to the failed technique that Leonardo had developed called tempra. Several attempts were made over the centuries to restore the piece but were unsuccessful until modern restoration techniques were applied after World War II. Restoration of this piece was completed in 1999 but very little of the original painting remains (Encyclopedia Britannica n.pag.). Leonardo based his scientific theories on careful observation and precise documentation. Sadly, is treatises (writings) on several scientific subjects were never completed. The notebooks in which he kept his theories logged, were written in a mirror script. This made it difficult for his work to be deciphered during his lifetime. His scientific findings would have revolutionized science of the 16th century had his work been published (Encyclopedia Britannica n.pag.). Leonardo anticipated discoveries of the modern times. Leonardo spent his last years at the Château de Cloux, near Amboise, where he died and was buried in the palace church
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