Leonardo Da Vinci's Man In Red Chalk

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The Renaissance was a transformational period in European history; it evolved nearly all aspects of European culture and society, focusing on the importance and value of humans. Leonardo da Vinci is considered to be perhaps the most famous figure of the Renaissance. He was born illegitimate during 1450 in Vinci, Italy and was the child of a respected notary and a peasant woman. At the age of 14, Leonardo became an apprentice of the painter and sculptor Verrocchio, whose workshop served many powerful families, including the Medici. There is much debate as to whether or not the image in Leonardo da Vinci’s Man in Red Chalk is the artist himself; however, it is very similar to how Leonardo appears in Rafael’s painting School of Athens, supporting…show more content…
1487-1492, Leonardo da Vinci used pen and ink over paper to create the image of an outstretched man in the center of a circle and a square in his work Vitruvian Man. It is currently located at the Galleria dell’ Accademia in Venice, Italy. The drawing is Leonardo’s visual of Roman architect Vitruvius’ written description of ideal human proportions. It represents Leonardo’s attempts to relate man to nature and god. The square is a symbol of our bodies while the circle is the symbol of our souls. As a result, one can infer that the square and the circle are used as a symbol of symmetry in the human form, which is then acknowledged as a reflection of God’s perfection. This painting was quite popular during his time and is still very well known today. Leonardo da Vinci signed his name at the very bottom right corner of the sketch. He put an emphasis on the human body by making the man nude, further showing his interest in the individual and knowledge of the human…show more content…
Anne, in 1509. The painting is currently at the Louvre in Paris and depicts the Virgin Mary reaching for baby Jesus trying to get ahold of a lamb, whilst sitting on her sister, Anne. This work helps reconcile Humanism with Christianity by focusing more on the figures’ characteristics rather than the story behind it. He tries to create a real-life environment with figures portraying realistic body poses and facial expressions so that the viewers can relate to the painting in a human way. Mary’s eyebrows are raised, her mouth curved, cheeks pulled upward as she stretches her arm out to the baby Jesus. The artist depicts the figures expressing human emotions; Mary showcases a mother’s love for her son, love being an emotion most humans can relate to. He illustrates the scene as if the viewers were actually witnessing the event firsthand. Leonardo also used atmospheric perspective to create greater depth by making the background a bluer tone and made Mary stand out by dressing her in a bright red dress and deep blue cloak. He uses a single light source to mimic the sun on the right of the audience’s view, shown by the shadow being more apparent on the right of each

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