VISIT VINCI Leonardo's Hometown Vinci is a small town placed at the foot of "Monte Albano" in the most wonderful place on earth, the Tuscany in Italy.
See Related Links See Related Links... 1452 (April 15) Leonardo born in Vinci. 1453 Ottoman Turks capture Constantinople, ending the Byzantine Empire; end of the Hundred Years’ War between England and France. 1469 Leonardo moves to Florence, where Lorenzo “The Magnificent” de Medici becomes ruler. 1474 The first book is printed in English. 1482 Leonardo publishes detailed sketches of the human body 1483Leonardo joins the Sforza court in Milan and paints “Virgin of the Rocks.” Leo’s Renaissance Timeline
See Related Links See Related Links... Leo’s Renaissance Timeline (continued) 1485Henry VII defeats Richard III, ending the War of the Roses and establishing the Tudor dynasty in England. 1492Columbus discovers the New World; Spain pushes Moors out of Europe after 800 years and expels Jews. 1496Syphilis starts spreading throughout Europe. 1497Leonardo paints “The Last Supper”; Vasco da Gama sails around the Cape of Good Hope and to India. 1500Leonardo returns to Florence; first Caesarian section performed. 1502The first watch is made. The Mona Lisa The Mona Lisa 1503Leonardo paints “The Mona Lisa.”The Mona Lisa
See Related Links See Related Links... Leo’s Renaissance Timeline (continued) 1506Leonardo returns to Milan and begins compiling the Codex Leicester. 1508 Michelangelo begins painting ceiling of Sistine Chapel. 1509 Europe launches African slave trade with the New World 1512 Copernicus writes that the Earth circles the sun. 1516 Leonardo moves to Amboise in France. 1517 Martin Luther nails his theses to church door, launching the Protestant Reformation; coffee introduced in Europe. 1519 (May 2) Leonardo dies in Amboise; Magellan launches first round-the-world voyage; Cortés conquers Mexico.
The Scientist Wing Studies Self-Portrait, c. 1513
Leonardo Takes Notes... The Codex Leicester One of his many notebooks
Based on Giorgio Vasari’s 17 th century biography of Leonardo da Vinci, many historians believe the painting is a portrait of Madam Lisa Giocondo, the wife of a wealthy Florentine. Vasari gave the painting the name Mona Lisa.Mona Lisa Back to Timeline Back to Timeline
Most Famous At the Louvre, tourists crowd around Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece hustling to capture an image of the museum's eternal superstar.
WHY? The pose itself broke tradition - previously, portraits were invariably full length. Leonardo introduced the waist-up, hands-folded-on-lap approach, which allowed for a much more intimate treatment. The pose was imitated immediately and became fashionable for portraiture by such painters as Raphael. The background is painted in a gradation of lights and colors, losing details in the distance, instead of the traditional approach in which foreground and background are equally distinct. Mona herself is rendered with extraordinary vividness - one has a sense of viewing the living woman. (The effortless realism of photography has perhaps diminished our capacity to appreciate this.) Leonardo displayed in this work a mastery of technique that was unknown at the time, profoundly impressed his contemporaries, and has seldom been equaled since. The Mona Lisa revolutionized painting.
Most Popular Mona Quotes (Of the Mona Lisa) She is older than the rocks among which she sits; like the vampire, she has been dead many times and learned the secrets of the grave. Walter Pater - Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873) Mona Quotes (Of the Mona Lisa) She is older than the rocks among which she sits; like the vampire, she has been dead many times and learned the secrets of the grave. Walter Pater - Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873) Mona Quote “She is older than the rocks among which she sits; like the vampire, she has been dead many times and learned the secrets of the grave.” Walter Pater - Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873)
Artist: Marcel Duchamp Title: L. H. O. O. Q. Date: 1919 Pencil on reproduction Original Size: 7 ¾” x 4 1/8” The Many Faces of Mona Lisa
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Leonardo’s Tomb The Last Supper, c. 1497 Statue of Leonardo da Vinci “The Knowledge Giver” By Seth Vandable.