The Artwork of Leonardo Da Vinci
“Sometimes the heavens endow a single individual with such beauty, grace and abilities that, whatever he does, he leaves all other men far behind, thus demonstrating that his genius is a gift of god and not an acquirement of human art.” (1) Giorgio Vasari.
On April 15, 1452, Leonardo Da Vinci was born as an illegitimate child. Even with this setback, he was soon educated and his passion for art began to flourish. Growing up through the years in one of the most important cities in the world at that time, Florence, Leonardo had many different and exciting experiences. Not much information is known about his youth. He created a few paintings in that time, but only a few are still in existence today. One experience he had during this time was in his early 30’s. He was caught committing homosexual acts with a man that posed for him in a painting he had made. Leonardo was tried for this in Milan, but no evidence came through to prove that he was guilty. (2) Now there is evidence still being found about his life, and this experience, that would determine his sexuality. Still he prospered as an artist and his work flourished during his lifetime. Leonardo created many paintings that spurred from his own imagination, but most of them were based on events happening in his life. (3)
One of his great masterpieces that influenced his life was The Last Supper. This creation is probably one of the two most famous paintings he has done, and one of the few still around today. It is one of his most popular creations, and was attempted at restoration many times. These attempts never fully succeeded, but progress has been made over the years. There is much hassle about the restoration and preservation of it even today. Through the centuries, the wreckage of his masterpiece has been the most troublesome task that restorers have ever taken (4). More success now has happened than ever before, but the creation is not repairable. Leonardo became obsessed with this painting, and the study of the subjects to appear in it. The Last Supper had taken him over two years to create.
He constructed many studies involving the painting. Most were about the physical features of the saints. (5) In one of his studies, he made a wonderful sketch of the creation to come. This study also has been ruined over these 500 years, but new computer technology has been able to restore the sketch as if it was redone. Even with restoration the painting looks as if it has a great piece missing to it, and to fill that old piece would make the painting amazing again. He made each and every person in this painting unique, having different facial expressions according to what is said in the bible. This realistic component of the painting made it overwhelming to look at.
In the late 1940’s the painting was in a perilous state and was turning to dust. Italy’s Ministry of Fine Arts sent Mauro Pellicoli, a master restorer, out into the world to find...