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Geniuses come few and far between in history. Hippocrates came in the late BC period. Einstein came in the late 1800s-early 1900s. Leonardo came in between the two of them, but is not recognized as well as they are. He was a brilliant human being. He was a master in the fields of painting, designing, engineering, and science. Most people know him merely as an artist, and some know him as an inventor, but not too many people know him for what he really was. This is because his life and his accomplishments are not taught, as in depth as they should be.
During the height of the renascence, a genius was born in 1452 in the small town of Vinci, near Florence. He would become a great artist, engineer, inventor, and a scientist. His name was Leonardo, a name that would soon be associated with the word brilliant. He was born to Piero, the lawyer of the town, and Catarina, who gave Leonardo to his father, and left them both for a man of her social class. She is not mentioned in Leonardo\'s notebooks, as he was probably too young to remember her.
Leonardo grew up feeling different from the other children. He had a strange curiosity that was lacking in the other children. He would buy birds from the markets, and set them free, because he thought it was wrong to keep them locked up in cages. He also had a strange curiosity about the world around him. He kept collections of "snakeskins, odd stones polished by water, birds\' eggs, the skeletons of small animals, insects stuck on pins, tadpoles, and strange plants," in his room because they fascinated him. Leonardo would draw the things in his collection in a notebook. When his father saw the notebook, he thought that there was a possibility that Leonardo had a chance to become an artist.
Piero went into Florence once a month on business and one time he brought some of his son’s work. He showed it to his friend Andrea del Verrocchio. “He saw more than just mere talent in Leonardo” and almost immediately, Leonardo moved to Florence as Verrocchio apprentice.
Leonardo never got married. From what is known, he did not have any children, either. I find this tragic,
for if he had any children, they may have possibly continued in Leonardo’s footsteps, and become great geniuses as well.
Leonardo was so talented that after Leonardo painted two angels in the corner of Verrocchio’s Baptism of Christ, Verrocchio never painted again. Soon after that Leonardo went on to paint the Annunciation, which was his first of only a few completed paintings. When Leonardo painted he generally experimented with new techniques, and paints, so once he finished perfecting the experiment he went on to another work.
Leonardo’s paintings are truly masterful. He made two copies of one of his first paintings, The Virgin on the Rocks. The first one he painted in Florence. The second one he painted for the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception. He was commissioned to paint for them. He felt he was not being paid enough to create a new painting. Therefore, rather than refusing to paint, or raising the price, Leonardo, smart as he was, suggested that he copy of The Virgin on the Rocks for them. Although the paintings are relatively the same, there are noticeable differences in the details of the two of them.
Leonardo’s version of The Last Supper is truly the best version ever created. “Artists before Leonardo had tried to recreate this dramatic moment in Christ’s life, but no one had succeeded with such nobility and force.” Leonardo depicted all the apostles with such personality and grace that all of their emotions and feelings were masterfully revealed. The betrayal is shown beautifully as well. Truly, no one has ever come close to surpassing the true genius of DaVinci’s depiction of the Last Supper.
Another great painting by Leonardo DaVinci is the Mona Lisa. This is his most famous painting. Mona Lisa was the daughter of a Florentine merchant. She is sitting with her hands folded, with a particular grin, which is seen in many of Leonardo’s paintings.
Leonardo’s inventions were way ahead of his time. He created plans for tanks, helicopters, submarines, and many other
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Giftedness, Age of Enlightenment, Fabulists, Leonardo da Vinci, Physiognomists, Annunciation, Andrea del Verrocchio, Leonardo, The Last Supper, Mona Lisa, Personal life of Leonardo da Vinci, Science and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci
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