Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519): Informative Writing Project By: Brianna Carrasco

How did Leonardo da Vinci influence people's lives during the Renaissance period and people today?

Leonardo da Vinci's studies and experiments have influenced and changed the world because of the importance of learning that he believed in, especially during the Renaissance period.

During the Renaissance back in the 1500's, there were many well-known artist, engineers, architects, and inventors. But, there was one that stood out from all the others. His name was Leonard da Vinci. Da Vinci excelled in everything he did, especially in his studies of the human body (anatomy). Even today, we still use his sketches/notes to see if a persons bones and organs are in the right place. "Art, da Vinci beived, was indisputably connected with science and nature" (History-Leonardo da Vinci). Some call him the true genius of the Renaissance, he actually really is. His studies, artwork, inventions, and engineering continues to have an impact on our world today. "To make his art more real, Leonardo studied anatomy, or the structure of human bodies" (Holt 309). His artwork became more realistic because of his studies and even artist today have taken that route to take a closer look at the human body to make their work look realistic as well. Even though we may not see it all the time, Leonardo da Vinci truly had a huge impact, not just in the Renaissance, but across the world.

These three illustrations show what Leonardo has done in the past but some of his work has moved to the future.

In this article, you will learn more about Leonardo da Vinci and what his artwork, studies, and engineering did to impact the Renaissance as well as today.

This is Leonardo's famous "The Last supper". This painting looks very realistic because of the colors he used to paint it.

This is also another beautiful work of art that Leonardo created called "Lady with an Ermine". This painting is very detailed and interesting with the works of the colors.

"The noblest of Pleasure is the joy of understanding"-Leonardo da Vinci

Da Vinci was not only an excellent painter but a "Renaissance man". He understood and did many experiments and took notes off of his results. "His natural genius crossed so many disciplines that he epitomized the term "Renaissance man"" (History-Leonardo da Vinci). This was a good influence to people during the Renaissance period because they were expanding their decisions of not only following the church, but involving themselves in things like learning. Even though people were still religious, the Renaissance was the push of humanity to expand their minds and do things that made the world better. Leonard da Vinci's work was way beyond what people understood back in the 15-1600's. Many people's studies during the Renaissance were not as expertise as da Vinci's was. "Although he is best known for his dramatic and expressive artwork, Leonardo also conducted dozens of carefully thought out experiments and created futuristic inventions that were ground breaking for the time" (Museum of Science, Da Vinci-The Genuis). His studies have educated people through time and continue to educate even today.

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