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LEONARDO DA VINCI Information / Trivia / Games / Images

WHO WAS LEONARDO DA VINCI?
Leonardo da Vinci was a Florentine painter, inventor and scientist. He was born in 1452 and died in 1519. He was most famous for his painting, "Mona Lisa". 

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LEONARDO DA VINCI TRIVIA / ACTIVITIES
      Renaissance artist Sando Boticelli used the young Leonardo as the model for the painting entitled The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian.
      CLICK HERE FOR LARGER IMAGE

      Salvator Mundi was painted by Leonardo and is possibly a self portrait
      (Some think it is the face of Leonardo's ward nicknamed Mon Salai)
      LARGE IMAGE SHOWING FACIAL FEATURES

      ARTIST'S RENDITION OF THE FACE ON THE SHROUD OF TURIN
      AS COMPARED TO LEONARDO'S SELF PORTRAIT AS JESUS

      Is it possible that the SHROUD OF TURIN is a HOAX?
      Did DaVinci use a special technique to embed his own likeness on the fabric?

      If anything, Leonardo can be most remembered for his Mona Lisa painting. However, focusing on just one of his creations would mean dismissing an enormous amount of spectacular inventions and paintings. Leonardo often experimented with new techniques and methods, which most likely lead to the destruction of some of his works. Despite this and his habit of procrastinating, Leonardo went on to "invent" the helicopter, tank, calculator, the theory of plate tectonics, solar power, and more. However, due the the limitations of the technology of his era, most of these were only conceptualized and were unable to be properly realized until hundreds of years after Leonardo's death.

      SHORT INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS from VIMEO

      *HOW TO THINK LIKE THE GREAT MASTER *Leonardo Da Vinci for KIDS:  His Life and Ideas Google Book Pages 1-53
    Click ABOVE LINK to enter WikiHow site for DETAILED EXPLANATIONS + Related Articles)
    Curiosità. Curiosità is an "insatiably curious approach to life and unrelenting quest for continuous learning". Great minds have one characteristic in common: they continuously ask questions throughout their lives. Leonardo's endless quest for truth and beauty clearly demonstrates this. What makes great minds different is the quality of their questions. You can increase your ability to solve problems by increasing your ability to ask good questions. Like da Vinci, you should cultivate an open mind that allows you to broaden your universe and increase your ability to explore it.
    Dimostrazione. Dimostrazione is "a commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistake". Wisdom comes from experience and the principle of Dimostrazione helps you get the most out of your experience.
    Sensazione. Sensazione is "the continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to enliven experience". According to da Vinci, we can best practice Dimostrazione through our senses, particularly sight. That's why one of Leonardo's mottoes is saper vedere (knowing how to see) upon which he built his work in arts and science.
    Cryptic. Cryptic is "a willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty".  An essential characteristic of da Vinci's genius is his ability to handle a sense of mystery.
    Arte/scienza. Arte/scienza is "the development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination". This is thinking with the “whole brain”. Mind mapping is a powerful method that can help you combine logic and imagination in your work and life. The end result of mapping should be a web-like structure of words and ideas that are somehow related in the writer's mind.
    Corporalità. Corporalità is "the cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise". Leonardo had amazing physical ability that complemented his genius in science and arts.
    Connessione. Connessione is "a recognition of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena". This, in other words, is systems thinking. One main source of Leonardo's creativity is his ability to form new patterns through connections and combinations of different elements.
    
    WHAT IMAGES DO WE HAVE OF THIS POLYMATH?

    We know Leonardo's face from many drawings, self portraits, and scuptors.  His earliest likeness is one of the statue of David where Verocchio, his teacher, used his young apprentice to depict the biblical hero with the head of the slain giant Goliath (the face of the mentor) at his feet. It was common for artists to use students as well as their own self portraits to depict faces.
    VEROCCHIO / Leonardo's Mentor
    Leonardo was apprenticed as a young boy.
    He had to train in a field where his illegitimate status would allow him to earn a living.
    There were few other options and Verocchio accepted the young pupil after seeing  samples of outstanding art work. 
                      
      Leonardo Da Vinci aged about 23-26 shown with a pet.  He was a lover and defender of animals.  As a mature man he became solely vegetarian.

    LEONARDO'S painting called THE MUSICIAN is said to be a SELF PORTRAIT
    In real life he could play ANY stringed instrument and had a beautiful voice!
    Leonardo didn't just study art; he studied all sorts of interesting things. He began his career as an apprentice to Verrocchio in a studio where a variety of creative activities were taking place. Paintings were created there, but so were musical instruments. Verrocchio himself was a musician. While serving as his apprentice, Leonardo may have learned to play a musical instrument and to sing. He may have also learned how to construct musical instruments.While serving in the courts of his patrons, the Medici family and the Sforza family, he would have been surrounded by music too. Music was a popular and growing art form at that time. More and more people were taking an interest in music since the invention of the printing press had made printed music widely available. Anyplace where people who were interested in the arts gathered, there was sure to be music. Songs and dance music were popular in court festivities.

    SELF PORTRAIT called VITRUVIAN MAN at about age 41-42.
    In this work the master drew the ideal proportions of the human body.

     FIVE THINGS LEONARDO DID TO CHANGE THE WORLD

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    COLOR PAGES of the GREAT MASTER
    *REBUILDING AN INSTRUMENT BASED ON HIS DESIGN
    *DA VINCI'S CODE OF MUSIC INFORMATION SITE for KIDS
     *GREAT IMAGES on SLIDESHOW with INFORMATION
    *10-Leonardo-da-Vinci-Inventions
    *THE AUTOMATA OF LEONARDO DA VINCI



    
    LEONARDO FLYING MACHINE ANIMATION / Click Here

    INSTRUCTIONS to BUILD ORTHINOPTER
                                                     
                                                 
    This ROBOT is considered the FIRST MECHANOID.  It is a PROTOTYPE for the modern HUMANOID machine.
    The implications for use of robots in education, space exploration, health, war, homeland security, emergency, domestic tasks, and companionship are obvious.
    BELOW YOU CAN MEET LEONARDO DA VINCI AS A ROBOT HIMSELF!
    LEONARDO DA VINCI ala AUTOMATA
    He will draw intricate designs and write Latin in mirror image style.
    This is the work of Swiss artisan Francoise Junod.
    MORE INFORMATION - DaVinci + HUMANOID ROBOTS @ PAGES from Mrs. Terrigno

    THE MASTER WAS FASCINATED WITH GEARS + MACHINERY. 

    Click ABOVE for Gif Animations for Kids
                                            
    Leonardo as PLATO in painting by Italian Artist RAPHAEL
    Many believe that the center portrait is really the face of Leonardo.
    It is said that it possibly is:
    -a self portrait where he deliberately aged himself to use the image for a painting;
    -actually a portrait of his grandfather.

    It could not have been Leonardo because it shows the face of a very old man in his eighties and the master lived only until age 67.
    Chances are he looked more like the third drawing on the right!
    PORTRAITS of Gian Giacomo Caprotti di Orena (SALAI)-Ward and lifelong companion

           
    These are portraits of COUNT FRANCESCO MELTZI who was apprenticed to the master at age 14.  He became a reputable artist and stayed with Leonardo until the death of his teacher in France at age 67 as court painter to King Frances I.
    Who was the MODEL for the real MONA LISA?  Could it have been the adopted son of DaVinci whom he nicknamed SALAI because he had been so mischievous as a child?  The name means "limb of Satan" or the "unclean one".
    Can the name of MONA LISA be an anagram or MON SALAI?
    Did DaVinci play a trick on us and use a man as the model instead of the wife of a merchant?
    Could SALAI also have been the model for John the Apostle in the LAST SUPPER?

     WAS THE MONA LISA MODEL THE WIFE OF A RICH MERCHANT BY THE NAME OF LISA GHERARDINI ALSO KNOWN AS LA GIACONDA?
    A WEALTHY WOMAN WOULD NOT HAVE WORN HER HAIR THIS WAY.
     WHY DO THE SMILES ON THESE IMAGES LOOK SO SIMILAR? 
     IS THE CENTER IMAGE THAT OF A REAL WOMAN OR IS LEONARDO ACTUALLY 
     REPRESENTING HIMSELF IN A FEMALE VERSION?
    CAN THE FACE OF THE MONA LISA BE THAT OF THE YOUNG MAN SALAI?
    ARE THE FACIAL FEATURES IN THE THREE WORKS ACTUALLY THOSE OF THE SAME PERSON CALLED GIAN GIACOMO CAPROTTI?
    SOME THINK THE MASTER WANTED A CHILD AND CONJURED UP A "DAUGHTER".
    ONE THING IS CERTAIN...WE WILL NEVER KNOW FOR SURE WHO IS THE PERSON IN THIS PORTRAIT THAT WILL REMAIN THE MOST FAMOUS PAINTING IN HISTORY...
     
    Monalisa -> Leonardo da Vinci ^_^
    The Mona Lisa Blog
    SEE WITH YOUR OWN EYES....
    LEONARDO'S WOMEN - INCREDIBLE 2D ANIMATION
    LARGE MONA LISA IMAGE
    THE LAST SUPPER
    LADY WITH AN ERMINE
    COMPLETE LIST OF PAINTINGS

    DA VINCI TIMELINE    
    Click LINKS for More Information from
    http://www.davincilife.com/timeline.html
     and
    http://www.sparknotes.com/biography/davinci/timeline.html

    1452Leonardo is born on April 15 in the village of Anchiano, near the town of Vinci.
    1467At 15 Leonardo is sent to Florence to work as apprentice to Andrea De Verrocchio.
    147220 year-old Leonardo is accepted into the painters' guild of Florence.
    1476Leonardo is accused of sodomy; he is publicly humiliated although the charges are later dropped.
    1478The Annunciation is painted. The work, initially credited to Da Vinci, is now believed to have been painted by Lorenzo di Credi.
    1481Leonardo begins work on The Adoration of the Magi, an altarpiece for the Monastery of San Donato at Scopeto.
    He sketches many studies.
    1482Leonardo moves to Milan to work in the service of the city's duke, Ludovico Sforza. He gains the title of "painter and engineer of the duke.
    1483Leonardo paints the Virgin of the Rocks.
    1485Leonardo paints Lady with an Ermine.
    1495Leonardo begins work on The Last Supper in the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.
    1498The Last Supper is completed.
    1499With the duke Ludovico Sforza'a fall from power, Da Vinci leaves Milan and spends a short time in Venice.
    1500Leonardo begins painting the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, a project that he only finishes after 10 years.
    1500Leonardo returns to Florence.
    1502Leonardo begins work as senior military architect and general engineer for Cesare Borgia, son of Pope Alexander VI.
    1503Leonardo is commissioned to paint the Mona Lisa.
    1503Leonardo is commission to paint a mural for the council hall in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio, which is to be the Battle of Anghiari, a work that would remain unfinished.
    1515Leonardo paints St. John the Baptist.
    1516The king of France invites Leonardo to come work for him.
    1519May 2, Leonardo dies in France.


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    A scan of Leonardo Da Vinci's notebook showing his studies of the trebuchet sling release mechanism.
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