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The amazing breadth and depth of da Vinci's unique genius and character provide wonderful proof of the power of humility.
This intriguing story not only introduces the towering figure of Leonardo but also paints a moving portrait of a humble man whose deep concern for others won him a lasting place in the hearts of his fifteenth century countrymen.
Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance. He was an inventor and scientist as well as an artist. Leonardo was a visionary. He looked beyond the obvious, researched and recorded his ideas. His works continue to influence and inspire minds of today.
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452-May 2, 1519) was an Italian scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, musician, and writer. Although revered as one of the greatest painters of all time, da Vinci also excelled in the field of engineering, conceptually inventing a helicopter, a tank, a calculator, the use of concentrated solar power, an elementary theory of plate tectonics, the double hull, and much more!
Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous works include the Mona Lisa painting, the painting of The Last Supper, and his drawing of the Vitruvian Man (also referred to as the “Proportions of Man”).
Learn the intriguing story of this “Renaissance Man” whose deep concern for others won him a lasting place in the hearts of his 15th century countryman.
A youthful Leonardo da Vinci studies art under his master, Verrocchio in Florence, Italy in 1473. While working as an apprentice under Andrea del Verrocchio, Leonardo learns about color, shading, sculpturing, panel painting and painting of altarpieces. Self-discipline is the key to success in Verrocchio’s opinion.
In 1498, Leonardo is under the service of the Duke and Duchess of Milan. He is commissioned to sculpt a statue of the Duke’s father and paint “The Last Supper” for the monks in their dining hall. The Duchess of Milan asks Leonardo to produce a play about stars, planets and space. He is obviously not excited about the project because of the time it will take away from his masterpieces.
During the play, Leonardo sees a young boy, Salai, steal some money from the stagehands. Salai tells Leonardo that he is homeless and hopes to become an artist like Leonardo some day. Leonardo invites Salai to live with him and tells him that he will teach him how to paint. The city of Milan erupts into fire while at war. Salai and Leonardo escape with all his sketches and return to Milan.
Milan is different from what Leonardo remembers. The apprentice school is no longer being used. Leonardo meets a young Michelangelo. It becomes apparent that Michelangelo and Leonardo’s thoughts about training in the arts are very different. Passion and creativity versus discipline and rules. Salai becomes reckless and rebellious. Leonardo strives to keep Salai on the path of righteousness. While trying to develop a method to conserve wall paintings, one of Leonardo’s paintings begins to melt off the wall. Leonardo is discouraged and decides to return to Milan. Salai decides to stay in Florence with Michelangelo. Leonardo leaves feeling like a failure.
Upon his return to Milan, he visits his painting, “The Last Supper,” and sees that young apprentices are using his painting as their study. The young apprentices ask to shake the master’s hand, Leonardo da Vinci’s hand.
Leonardo towered above his contemporaries as a scientist. He understood the importance of precise scientific observation and actually anticipated many discoveries of modern times. In anatomy he studied the circulation of the blood and the action of the eye. He made discoveries in meteorology and geology. He was among the originators in the science of hydraulics and in the principles of aerodynamics.