GRACE Art This Month: Leonardo da Vinci

This month in GRACE Art, we learned about LEONARDO DA VINCI.  Leonardo da Vinci was born in Italy in 1452 and died in 1519.  Leonardo was one of the most important artists from the Renaissance period. He is considered to be a true “Renaissance man” because he was not only an artist, but also a scientist, inventor, architect, city planner, philosopher, writer, engineer, musician and mathematician.  Leonardo experimented with different techniques such as perspective and sfumato (“smoky” in Italian) to make his paintings look realistic. He was one of the first artists to give his paintings a sense of movement, liveliness, and realism. Da Vinci made lots of drawings in notebooks and wrote notes using mirror writing but only actually finished about 25 paintings.  His most famous pieces include Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.