Updated: Dec 27, 2022
Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452 in Anchiano, Italy. An Italian artist of the High Renaissance, da Vinci has created some of the most recognisable artwork across the globe.
Scholars and Historians have classed him as a "Universal genius". He was famous during his lifetime and was shown loyal support by the King of France. His work is still popular to this day and has been published in a variety of books and made into merchandise.
He didn't just paint, he was also known for his sculpturing, scientific work, architecture, and more. He was a man of many talents!
Some of his most famous pieces are:
● Mona Lisa
● Last Supper
● The Vitruvian Man
● And so many more
His sharp mind led him to make discoveries that were seen as ground-breaking for his time, however, he never published his theories and ideas.
The Mona Lisa
Historians believe that Da Vinci began the Mona Lisa, his most famous painting, back in 1503. The date has never been discovered.
Did you know that the Mona Lisa was never completed?
There are several theories why this iconic painting was never finished, some saying that he loved it too much to complete it or he sustained an arm injury so he was never able to complete it. You can visit the world-famous Mona Lisa painting in the Louvre Museum's largest showing room, The Grand Gallery.
The Vitruvian Man
The Vitruvian Man is a drawing by Leonardo. Its meaning is about connecting man to nature. This Renaissance drawing is dated to 1490. Today, this drawing is still just as important to society because it is associated with the embodiment of human health. You can visit this drawing at the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, Italy.
The Last Supper
The Last Supper is a High Renaissance mural painting that depicts the moment of Christ telling his Apostles that one of them will betray him. Each of their faces portrays emotions of shock, upset, and anger. This painting was created between the years 1495-1498 and can now be visited at the Santa Maria Delle Grazie, Milan.