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Leonardo Da Vinci’s Significant Contributions To The Development Of Human Civilization

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Leonardo Da Vinci is a famed artist today due to his renown painting of the ‘Mona Lisa’ . In the 14th century, people of Venice would have known him as an engineer, people of Milan would have known Da Vinci for his Last Supper but Florence would have seen his whole character. Leonardo is known as the archetypal renaissance man, a man of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”. Leonardo created many technologies and new innovations which were so advanced for his time and age that many scholars did not believe him. He contributed to human civilisation through three main areas art, science and engineering.

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This left a shine and flourish on the angel which Leonardo drew. The way the figure was positioned was also quite unique as it was turned with his back towards the audience but his face towards Christ. Several is the technique involved in painting, we can deduce from his work of ‘The Last Supper’. Traditionally when painting on a wall and artist would have to work by a method called ‘fresco’. This technique is ‘fresco’. Although it was last longer than the technique that Leonardo used, it did not have the detail and luminosity to it as Da Vinci would have wanted it to be. So he used a different type of way to paint ‘The Last Supper’. He used a technique where he first applied two layers of plaster and waited until it dried, then painted in his own time. This allowed room for resting and judging, it also meant that Leonardo could perfect it and adjust it rather than race against time. In ‘The Last Supper’ Leonardo also hid a geometric invention in the painting. In a monastery, the monks would all sit on the left hand side of the dinner table eating in silence and enjoying the paintings either side, Leonardo realised this and used it to his advantage. He realised that he could “almost extend the room for which it was made” by painting the ceiling not at right angles to the room but slightly bent, a concept of the ames room. In this way “the painting had a perspective tailor made for the room” making it unique and desirable to look at. This hadn’t been done before and therefore proving itself to be a masterpiece. His way of pairing contributed to the world of art by giving artists...

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