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Da Vinci and His Work

Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings, drawings, and codices.

Mona Lisa

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Mona Lisa

For two years the Mona Lisa, also known as La Gioconda, was lost to the world, after an employee of the Louvre stole the painting from the Salon Carr in 1911. he answered an ad placed by an antiques dealer, Alberto Geri, in Florence. They exchanged a few letters and then arranged to meet in Italy for the sale. When Perugia arrived to sell Geri the painting, he was arrested, and the Mona Lisa was returned safely home to Paris.

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The Last Supper

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A convent in Milan houses one of the most famous paintings in the world. Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper was painted on the wall of the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria della Grazie from 1495-1498.

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The Vitruvian Man

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The Vitruvian Man

The Vitruvian Man is named for Marcus Vitruvius, a Roman architect who wrote a treatise on architecture called De Architectura. Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man, is based on Marcus’ observations on the proportions of the human body.

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Leonardo’s Codices

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During his life, Leonardo produced thousands of pages of notes, sketches, and designs ‘about anatomy and other interesting things’ (from a letter from an agent for the Duke of Ferrara, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia, 1523). These pages are called codices, manuscript pages that are bound together in book form.

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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) – A Biography

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Leonardo da Vinci was the antithesis of a specialist. From a young age, he explored everything around him from science and engineering to sketching and painting. Through these explorations he managed to make stunning breakthroughs, many of which scientists, engineers, and curators are still unraveling today.

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