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Leonardo da Vinci

Italian, 1452–1519

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Leonardo da Vinci

Italian, 1452–1519

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Leonardo da Vinci is one of the foremost artists in the history of Western art, famed for painting the Mona Lisa (ca. 1503-6), and for his meticulous, dynamic drawings of various mechanical devices, animals, and imagined machines, as well as his portraits and writings on art and science. A founding father of the High Renaissance style, he is admired for his virtuosity as a painter and draughtsman in the handling of space, depiction of light and shadow, and expert use of sfumato, in which tones and colors shade gradually into one, producing softened outlines. Although few works seem to have been finished, and even fewer survive, Leonardo’s writings and sketchbooks offer glimpses into the life of an ingenious polymath. “Painting,” he wrote, “is poetry that is seen rather than felt.”

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Biography

Leonardo da Vinci is one of the foremost artists in the history of Western art, famed for painting the Mona Lisa (ca. 1503-6), and for his meticulous, dynamic drawings of various mechanical devices, animals, and imagined machines, as well as his portraits and writings on art and science. A founding father of the High Renaissance style, he is admired for his virtuosity as a painter and draughtsman in the handling of space, depiction of light and shadow, and expert use of sfumato, in which tones and colors shade gradually into one, producing softened outlines. Although few works seem to have been finished, and even fewer survive, Leonardo’s writings and sketchbooks offer glimpses into the life of an ingenious polymath. “Painting,” he wrote, “is poetry that is seen rather than felt.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Mori Art Museum
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Gwangju Biennale
Articles Featuring Leonardo da Vinci
Artists’ Futuristic Visions Helped Make the Moon Landing Possible
Jul 18th, 2019
Artists’ Futuristic Visions Helped Make the Moon Landing Possible
Leonardo da Vinci, Animal Lover
Jul 1st, 2019
Leonardo da Vinci, Animal Lover
The Juiciest Gossip about the Renaissance Masters
May 31st, 2019
The Juiciest Gossip about the Renaissance Masters
You Can Now Walk—and Sketch—Where Leonardo da Vinci Did in the 1400s
May 22nd, 2019
You Can Now Walk—and Sketch—Where Leonardo da Vinci Did in the 1400s
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