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Leonardo da Vinci Italian Artist and Scientist — Leonardo da Vinci is history's foremost Renaissance man, a master of both art and science. Yet he was also a brilliant scientist, architect, engineer, and inventor. In fact, he was one of the best scientific minds of the Renaissance period, carrying out sophisticated research in fields ranging from architecture and civil engineering to astronomy and anatomy.
The dynamics of water and the study of hydraulics were prominent among his many interests. As a child, he was a gifted artist and became an apprentice in one of the best art studios in Italy. ByLeonardo became an independent master. He was hired into the court of Ludovico Sforza Duke of Milan when he was 30 years old and served as a painter, sculptor, musician, architect, and engineer.
He also served as the principal engineer in the Duke's numerous military endeavors. Leonardo returned to Florence in when the Duke's family was driven from Milan by French forces.
Inda Vinci entered the service of Duke Ceasare Borgia as his chief architect and engineer. There he completed many of his art and architectural works. He continued his many engineering projects during this time.
From toLeonardo lived in Rome under the patronage of Pope Leo X, and concentrated on his scientific studies while in the Vatican. He died in France on May 2, Notebooks During the Renaissance period, there was a shift from purely philosophical endeavors toward observational or empirical science.
Da Vinci's observational skills and data recording efforts were exceptional. His scientific legacy is found in his Notebooks.
These handwritten manuscripts approximately 8, pages survive were apparently meant to be a great encyclopedia of knowledge, but, like many of his projects, it was never finished.
All of da Vinci's notes are written backwards, reportedly so that only someone intelligent enough to realize this fact could read them. It makes the manuscripts difficult to read, as does his use of peculiar spellings and abbreviations, and the lack of logical ordering and arrangement of the entries.
For these reasons, the magnitude of the impact of his scientific work was not fully understood until later in the nineteenth century. The Codex Leicester, written between andis the only notebook manuscript by da Vinci that is still privately owned, and the only one kept in America.
This codex unbound manuscript was found in in an old chest in storage in Rome. Seventy-two pages in all, the Codex Leicester is a record of Leonardo's thoughts on a wide variety of topics, from astronomy to hydrodynamics, and includes his observations and theories related to the nature and properties of water.
As in the rest of his notebooks, its pages feature his signature mirror writing. Leonardo da Vinci's Notebooks reveal that the subject of hydraulics was his most frequently studied and recorded topic.
Da Vinci made the first empirical studies of streams and their velocity distribution. He used a weighted rod held afloat by an inflated animal bladder. Da Vinci traced the velocity distribution across the stream's channel by releasing the rod at different places in the stream's cross-section.
His inventiveness in devising scientific experiments was well ahead of his time.
Leonardo had plenty of time to observe nature during his years of service to the Duke of Milan — It is reported that he was an expert on the rocks and fossils found in northern Italy.
He was fascinated by the idea of moving mountains or piercing them with tunnels.Mona Lisa () By Leonardo.. ART HISTORIANS For the leading scholars and critics of Renaissance painting, drawing and sculpture, see: Bernard Berenson () Kenneth Clark () Leo Steinberg ().
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In his own treatise Della pittura (; “On Painting”), theorist Leon Battista Alberti urged painters to construct the human figure as it exists in nature, supported by the skeleton and musculature, and only then clothed in skin. Leonardo da Vinci is history's foremost Renaissance man, a master of both art and science.
Da Vinci is best known as the artist who created such masterpieces as the Mona Lisa, Madonna of the Rocks, and The Last Supper. Yet he was also a brilliant scientist, architect, engineer, and inventor. Who Was Leonardo Da Vinci? While Leonardo da Vinci is best known as an artist, his work as a scientist and an inventor make him a true Renaissance man.
Leonardo Da Vinci is thought to have been one of the most remarkable geniuses in history. Born in Tuscany, Italy on April 15, , Da Vinci was the illegitimate son of a notary and a peasant woman.