a report about the life of lianardo Da Vinci

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The Renaissance was one of the most important movements in the history of the world. Numerous breakthroughs were made during this time. The renaissance took place during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519) was known for his art during that time. Along with being a painter da Vinci was a sculptor, an engineer, an architect, and a scientist. Da Vinci was born during the Renaissance and after his death he influenced many other sculptors, and painters like Michelangelo.

Leonard was born in Vinci, Tuscany. Leonardo was a part of a very wealthy family. In the mid-1460s, his family settled in Florence, where Leonardo was given the best education that Florence could offer. He quickly advanced socially and intellectually. In about 1466, he was apprenticed to Andrea del Verrocchio as a garzone, or studio boy, where he was introduced to many activities from the painting of altarpieces to the creation of bronze and marble sculptures.

In 1472, he entered the Painters Guild of Florence, and in 1476, he was still considered the assistant of Verrocchio. In 1478, he became his own master and many chapels were giving him offers to draw altarpieces. Leonardo's world-famous work (Mona Lisa) is very well know because of its unique techniques and the mysterious smile on the face of the subject. This work is an example of two techniques, sfumato, and chiaroscuro. Leonardo was one of the first great masters of these techniques. Sfumato is the blurring of sharp outlines that usually blends into another color, in this work sfumato is used on the robe that the subject is wearing as well as on her smile. Chiaroscuro is the use of light and shade in a pictorial representation. This is believed to be the cause of the puzzling smile...