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  • Today we're going to learn about the famous artist, Leonardo da Vinci.

  • Born in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci is most famous as a painter, but he was also a scientist,

  • mathematician, engineer, inventor, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician, and writer.

  • He is one of the most famous artists in history, and some people think he is one of the most

  • talented people ever to have lived.

  • Leonardo was born in Vinci, a small town in Italy. That is where he got his name - 'da

  • Vinci' means 'of Vinci,' so he was known as 'Leonardo from Vinci,' because he did not

  • have a last name.

  • Leonardo started painting while he was a child, and when he was fourteen he was sent to the

  • city of Florence and apprenticed to an artist named Verrocchio. In the workshop, Verrocchio

  • and his apprentices would often work on pieces together. That is why Leonardo only painted

  • part of the earliest paintings we have of his.

  • By the time he was twenty, Leonardo da Vinci was good enough that his father set him up

  • in his own workshop, and that is when he began creating artwork of his own.

  • Despite training as an artist, it seems that Leonardo did not think of himself as a painter.

  • When he moved to Milan at the age of thirty, he wrote a letter to the Duke there talking

  • about the wonderful and different things he could do in engineering, and, he said, he

  • could 'also paint.'

  • During the Renaissance, when da Vinci lived, art and science were not seen as separate

  • studies, but more like two sides of the same coin. It's true that Leonardo spent a great

  • deal of time in a close and careful study of the world

  • around him, and he was full of ideas for inventions that would not be used for hundreds of years.

  • He spent a long time studying the human body, he imagined ways that people could walk on

  • water and designed armored tanks; he invented an early parachute and a version of the helicopter,

  • a self-propelled cart and scuba diving gear. Some of his inventions were put to use, some

  • were forgotten, and others never really worked.

  • One thing Leonardo wanted all his life was to find a way for a person to fly.

  • "You may see that the beating of its wings against the air supports a heavy eagle," he

  • said. "Again you may see the air in motion over the sea, fill the swelling sails and

  • drive heavily laden ships. From these instances, and the reasons given, a man with wings large

  • enough and duly connected might learn to overcome the resistance of the air, and by conquering

  • it, succeed in subjugating it and rising above it."

  • He studied birds and tried countless ways, but as far as we know, Leonardo da Vinci never

  • achieved flight.

  • While his contributions to science, for the most part, went unrecognized for many years,

  • Leonardo's genius for painting was obvious to everyone who saw it. Two of his paintings,

  • the Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, are considered the most famous paintings in the world.

  • Unlike many other artists, Leonardo da Vinci was incredibly famous and successful during

  • his lifetime. After he died, people were still interested in him and his art. For more than

  • 500 years, people have studied and enjoyed his work.

  • In 1568, Giorgio Vasari wrote this about da Vinci.

  • "In the normal course of events many men and women are born with remarkable talents; but

  • occasionally, in a way that transcends nature, a single person is marvellously endowed by

  • Heaven with beauty, grace and talent in such abundance that he leaves other men far behind,

  • all his actions seem inspired and indeed everything he does clearly comes from God rather than

  • from human skill. Everyone acknowledged that this was true of Leonardo da Vinci."

  • I hope you enjoyed learning about Leonardo da Vinci, and seeing some of his wonderful

  • work. Goodbye!

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