Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

1452-1519

Dies in early stage of Renaissance

Born in Tuscany

Educated himself through drawing/painting

Worked for the Sforza family


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Virgin of the Rocks

'Madonna (Virgin) of the Rocks' - (c.1491-1508)

  • Aerial perspective - depth
  • Jesus, Angel Uriel and John the Baptist
  • Chiaroscurro
  • Idealised
  • Like stage scenery
  • Rocks have less geological precision than the Louvre copy
  • Contains mysteries
  • Large figures
  • Technical achievement
  • Confraternity
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Mona Lisa

'Mona Lisa' - (c.1503-1513)

  • "Notions of her mind and passions of her soul"
  • Landscape of the Alpes + naturalism
  • No jewels
  • Veil of ambiguity
  • Engages with viewer
  • Mother's smile + hint/riddle of a smile
  • Sfumato
  • Scientific investigation
  • Swollen fingers
  • Arms form base of pyramidal composition
  • Paints to find answers
  • Could be celebrating pregnancy
  • Poplar wood + Oil paint
  • Not symmetrical
  • Scarf thrown over shoulder
  • Loose hair was a sign or eroticism
  • Unknown sitter/mysterious woman not fully identified
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Battle of Anghiari

'Battle of Anghiari' 

  • Commissioned by the Signoria from Leonardo in 1503
  • For the Sala del Gran Consiglio
  • Palazzo della Signoria, Florence
  • Central selection of the projected fresco
  • Turn of the century
  • High Renaissance
  • Theme = Propaganda
  • Heroic subject matter
  • Complex figurre (animal) group
  • Power
  • Intended to be a fresco
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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

1452-1519

Dies in early stage of Renaissance

Born in Tuscany

Educated himself through drawing/painting

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