February 16, 2012
The Renaissance Man
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” (1) Leonardo once stated. Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most influential historical figures in history. Not only was he an artist, but he was a scientist, an engineer, and many other professions. Today, he is known by many as the “Renaissance Man” because he arranged the idea of the Renaissance. Leonardo’s paintings, scientific discoveries, and engineering projects have left a lasting impact on the world. Leonardo was born in 1452 near Vinci, Italy. (2) During this time, the Italian Renaissance was at one of its highest points. Not much is known about his childhood except that he did not spend much time with his parents. Instead, he spent his time outside studying nature and sketching. In 1467 he was taken into the workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio as a student to learn different artistic styles. (3) After leaving Andrea, he started to develop his own style and become a true master. This is where his career began to ascend. Leonardo was an extraordinary artist with paintings unlike any other during his generation. He had a rare style of painting that people from the past and the present desire. He believed one must understand how an object is formed or put together in order to paint objects or people. (4) Also, he was one of the first artists to show emotions through the transition of light and dark tones. Two of his most acclaimed pieces are the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. Both paintings utilize emotion and the transition of light and dark tones. Leonardo made outstanding scientific discoveries. He approached science by observing nature and constructing theories in his notebook. Also, he had a unique method he used to observe and record nature. (5) His notebook contributed to a new type of scientific analysis. This was a descriptive procedure of the...