Leonardo Da Vinci in the Age of Enlightenment- T.M


Leonardo Da Vinci has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". He was considered a polymath as he did work in sculptures, architecture, music and math but the two subjects in which he exceled in all areas of were art and science. Da Vinci is known to be one of the greatest painters that ever lived and has painted some of the most recognizable paintings in the world that indlude the Mona Lisa and his fresco, The Last Supper.

In the age of the enlightenment best known as an intellectual movement based on an "enlightened" rationality, the leaders were sought to be courageous individuals leading the world towards progress. Da Vinci saw art as a very important matter during this time seeing how this is how he saw the world in a more clear way. He was well known for painting portraits of people because this is how he tried to understand how the human body worked. Da Vinci made detailed drawings of human anatomy and skeletal structures that were placed in art galleries all over. During this time people became infatuated with his art because they were able to understand the expression and passion in his art.

Quote by Leonardo Da Vinci:
"You have set painting among mechanical arts!... If you call it mechanical because it is by manual work that the hands represent what imagination creates, your writers are setting down with the pen what originates in the mind..."

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_da_Vinci
http://osdir.com/ml/culture.templar.history/2004-04/msg00000.html
http://enlightenmentreactionary.blogspot.com/2006/05/da-vinci-code.html



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