Topics: Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa, Florence Pages: 4 (1463 words) Published: April 24, 2013
Sara Pikowski
Art 109
Leonardo da Vinci was a great artist during his time and even presently. He is very well known and one of his most pieces is the Mona Lisa. In most of his artworks, there is a common theme that is seen as a very important aspect of who he is as a person. The most common theme is religion. He makes this work in his paintings because he has various artworks that contribute to the theme of religion. His other most well-known piece is The Last Supper. This also contributes to the theme of religion. Leonardo da Vinci created many beautiful and interesting pieces but the most common theme of religion, creates a background for most of his pieces. The two artworks that seemed to have the same aspect of religion are Leda and The Virgin and child with St. Anne. The three ways that these artworks suggest the theme of religion are hidden symbols within the artwork, the attitude of the people in the artwork which comes off as very peaceful and caring, and lastly the aspect of human life.

Leonardo da Vinci was known as the master of perspective and composition during his time (Kuiper 13). He was also a Renaissance man which could have had some impact on most of his paintings being mostly religious. Da Vinci also learned when he was younger, how to express lighting in his paintings. Da Vinci appreciated this way of painting because it put everything in a new perspective when the artist can play with the lighting more. An example of this would be in one of paintings which will be mentioned later. Da Vinci used light to show the different ways the sky can look in various areas in the artwork. He was also very interested in flight; he would draw multiple pieces of birds flying in his notebooks (Strickland 34). This can relate to the theme of religion in his pieces because angels and God are floating above us and da Vinci appreciated that greatly. He was very curious when thinking about what he should draw or sketch next and some of the...
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