Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was considered by all a Universal Genius in respect to how many important discoveries and inventions he achieved in many different fields, from science to painting and engineering to human anatomy.

Growing up in Florence in the 1500s, in the midst of the Florentine Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci had the extraordinary talent of confronting complex problems and taking on ambitious projects, chasing, for example, the dream of flying, a recurring human thought since ancient times.

We valued his thinking by which he imagined the world entirely governed by mechanical principles.
In our Museum, after years of studies and scientific research starting from the creation of his famous machines, we have highlighted the unity of his thinking by reconstructing.

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Some of his famous paintings

The Mona Lisa

1503 – 1506

The Mona Lisa shows a woman with a thoughtful expression and a slight smile. It was created from 1503 to 1506. Today it is actually kept at the Louvre Museum in Paris where it is the main attraction. It is probable the woman is Mona Lisa Gherardini, a courtesan from the small rural nobility from the end of the 14th century to the beginning of the 15th century.

The Lady with the Ermine

1488 – 1490

In the top left is the apocryphal writing, “LA BELE FERONIERE LEONARDO DA VINCI.”

It should be the portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, one of the lovers of Duke Ludovico Sforza, protector of Leonardo in Milan, in which Ludovico had the ermine as a heraldic emblem. For its white hair, the animal was considered a symbol of purity. It emerges from the X-rays behind the shoulder of the woman, that anciently, a window was painted.

Baptism of Christ

1473 – 1478

“The Baptism of Christ” is a painting from the work of Verrocchio but Leonardo painted the angel that holds the tunic, in the bottom left.

The first to mention Leonardo’s participation in this piece by Verrocchio was Giorgio Vasari. All the parts executed in oil belong to Leonardo: the face of the angel in profile and some curls of the other angel.

Belle Ferronière

1490 – 1495

The title this painting is universally known by is “La Belle Ferronnière” (“the beautiful wife of the hardware merchant”) but this is an incorrect title that resulted from a mistake in the 1700s, during inventorying, it was confused with another portrait of a lady. The identity of the woman was flipped between the same Cecilia Gallerani, Elisabetta Gonzaga and Lucrezia Crivelli.

A Timeline of Leonardo’s Life

1452

He is born April 15th in Achiano, a small town near Florence, illegitimate son of Notary Ser Piero and Caterina, a woman of humble origins.

1466

He moves to Florence with his dad.

1469

He begins as an apprentice in the workshop of the illustrious painter, Verrocchio.

1471

He collaborates to create the angel on the left of the painting, “The Baptism of Christ” of Verrocchio.

1472

He enrolled at the company of painters of San Luca, starts his career as an independent artist.

1481

He works on the altarpeice “The Adoration of the Magi,” around the Church of San Donato in Scopeto, a job that remains unfinished.

1482

He is hired by the Lordship of Milan from Duke Ludovico il Moro. He studies engineering and architecture, painting and drawing.

1489

He studies for the creation of the monumental “Equestrian Statue”. He creates only the terracotta model, then it is destroyed by the French with the invasion of Milan in 1499.

1490

He creates the painting of Cecilia Gallerani, the lover of Ludovico il Moro, known as “The Lady with the Ermine”.

1495-1498

He works on “The Last Supper”, with a fresco technique in particular. The work will deteriorate after just a few years.

1500

He returns to Florence where he is painting the Sant’Anna in the Church of the Annunciation.

1502

Leonardo begins to serve Cesare Borgia as a military engineer.

1502 - 1505

Together with Michelangelo he decorates the hall of the Palazzo Vecchio: the mural illustrates the battle of Anghiari but it would never be finished. He worked to create the “Mona Lisa.”

1506 - 1513

He moves again to Milan under the invitation of Charles d’Amboise, the new governor of Milan. He resumes his studies of flight, physics, optics and hydraulic engineering. In Pavia, he resumes his studies of anatomy and dissections of cadavers.

1513 - 1516

He moves to Rome under the invitation of Giuliano de Medici. He see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and continues his studies of geometry and hydraulic engineering.

1516

He was nominated as top painter, engineer and architect by King Francesco I, he moves to the Cloux Castle at Amboise.

1519

He dies May 2nd in Cloux, leaving manuscripts, designs and instruments to his student Francesco Melzi. His other paintings are mysteriously never mentioned.

Curiosities of Leonardo da Vinci

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