Leonardo da Vinci

Italian (1452 - 1519)
Leonardo da Vinci Studies of a Dog's Paw About 1490 - 1495

Biography

Born 1452
Died 1519
Nationality Italian
Birth place Vinci
Death place Amboise

Leonardo's numerous skills defy easy categorisation; truly 'universal' in his interests, he was an extraordinarily gifted painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, inventor, writer, musician and natural scientist. His notebooks and drawings reflect his insatiable curiosity about the natural world. He travelled from Florence, having trained in Andrea del Verrocchio's workshop, to Milan, and later moved to France, where he was painter and engineer to King Francis I. Leonardo's perfectionism and experimental methods resulted in few completed projects. His 'Mona Lisa' (Louvre, Paris) and 'Last Supper' (Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan) are among the most famous paintings ever produced.

Glossary terms

  • A method of drawing using a soft metal rod, often silver, on a prepared surface.

  • A period in European culture from the 14th to the 16th centuries in which the visual arts flourished with advances in the treatment of anatomy and the use of perspective. It is particularly associated with Italy, where it began, though the term applies elsewhere. It is noted for a revival of interest in the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome.