Leonardo Da Vinci Paintings are visual representation of his thoughts, however the thoughts have to be depicted realistically. As he said The first object of the painter is to make a flat plane appear as a body in relief and projecting from that plane.
Although Da vinci produced a relatively small number of paintings, many of which were unfinished, his experimentation with the form and style influenced the later generations of painters. His handling of compostions is both rhythmic and evocative. He dealt with not only the subect but also with the atmosphere of the compositions. This is what set him apart. The aura of mystery around Mona Lisa, the sense of foreboding in the Christian Painting, The Last Supper, can never be recreated.
Leonardo Da Vinci- the man
Da Vinci was born in the village of Anchiano, a few miles from the small town of Vinci, in Tuscany, near Florence.
He was born to a wealthy Florentine notary and a peasant woman.In the mid-1460s his family moved to Florence, where Leonardo was given the best education that Florence, a major intellectual and artistic center of Italy, could offer
To say Leonardo Da Vinci was a versatile genius would be an easy task, to enumerate his exploits in different field, would be an almost impossible task.
He concieved many scientific ideas which were way ahead of his time. Some of his notable conceptual inventions are; the helicopter,the tank, solar energy. However this wonderful concepts were not feasible in those times.
He also greatly advanced the state of knowledge in the fields of anatomy,engineering and optics.
His Vitruvian Man (a drawing) is a perfect synthesis of his knowledge of art, mathemetics, geometry and anatomy.
His notebooks and sketches gives us an insight into his great mind.
Leonardo Da Vinci's Paintings
The Last Supper and Mona Lisa are probably two of his most celebrated works but his other works which include famous frescos and oil paintings, are equally noteworthy.
The Adoration of Magi (1481)
This is an early oil painting on wood of the Master. It was commissioned by the monks of San Donato a Scopeto. It is in the Christian Painting tradition.
The Virgin and Child are illustrated in the foreground and form a triangular shape with the Magi kneeling in adoration. Behind them is a semicircle of accompanying figures, including what may be a self-portrait of the young Leonardo (on the far right). In the background on the left is the ruin of a pagan building, on which workmen can be seen, apparently repairing it. On the right are men on horseback fighting, and a sketch of a rocky landscape.
Virgin of the Rocks
This title is used to describe three separte paintings with the same theme. There are separate accounts over which of the paintings are verifiably Da Vinci's. However the one in the Louvere version is generally accredited to Da Vinci.
The paintings is an illustration of the legend of the meeting between of baby Jesus and John the Baptiston on their way to Egypt. Standard interpretation of the paintings says that, they depict the Madonna in the centre ushering John towards Jesus, who is seated with the angel Uriel.
Da Vinci the painter is a difficult painter to pin down in a few pages. For a more comprehensive understanding of his paintings visit our pages on the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.