15 April : Leonardo Da Vinci's Birthday
Leonardo da Vinci is short for Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci. The “da” actually stands for “from”. That’s right, da Vinci means from the town of Vinci. “di ser” is actually stands for “son/daughter of sir” (similar to “bin” in middle east.) So Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci actually stands for “Leonardo son of Sir Piero from Vinci.” So his name is actually short. He is born in (well Vinci of course) small town in Florence. He was born on 15 April 1452 (same day and reason why this hub is created). He became Andrea del Verrocchio’s apprentice when he visited Andrea’s workshop in Florence. There are lots of technical skills from arts such as painting, drawing, modelling and sculpting. However, that’s not all he learnt about chemistry, metallurgy, metal working, leather working, mechanics and carpentry. Thanks to Andrea del Verrocchio, Leonardo became one of greatest inventor, artist, scientist, engineer.
The Uffizi Annunciation
With help of his master, Leonardo da vinci manage to paint one of his first masterpieces which is called The Uffizi Annunciation. This painting is a symbol of Mary Virgin and city of Florence. The angel kneeling in front of her to tell her that she will soon become the Mother of Christ. However, there’s few debate regarding the authenticity between this artwork and Annunciation from the Louvre, Paris.
The Last Supper
The painting was painted on 1498 . This paint is about the last supper Jesus had with his disciples. he mentioned that one of his disciples would betray him . The painting represents the story very clear. It took him 3 years to create this painting (1495 - 1498). However, the painting is falling apart due the dry plaster he used on the material instead of wet (fresco technique)
Mona Lisa or La Gioconda was painted initially on 1504 in Italy. However, due to his procrastination, (common among artist though). His painting is about seated woman name Lisa del Gionconda. For having ambiguity of her expression in the painting, causing the viewer to have such attraction toward his painting. Most people would actually say this is the most famous painting in the world. This is the last paint before Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519.
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