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Leonardo Da Vinci, Art and Mistery.

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Welcome to another Turbo Storie.

Today we present: Leonardo da Vinci.

Art and Mystery

Leonardo da Vinci, born as the illegitimate son of a Florentine lawyer, had a life steeped in both artistic brilliance and enigmatic shadows.

Trained as an artist in Florence under Andrea del Verrocchio, his career unfolded in various Italian cities, with Milan playing a significant role.

While proficient in all three visual arts, none of his sculptures survived, and it seems none of his architectural designs were ever built.

As a sculptor and architect, only traces remain in his personal notes and sketches.

Leonardo's paintings elevated him to the status of a master, surpassing even Michelangelo and Raphael, securing his place in art history.

Among his 20 preserved paintings, notable works include "The Annunciation," "The Virgin of the Rocks," "The Last Supper," "The Virgin and Child with St. Anne," "The Adoration of the Magi," and "Portrait of Ginevra de' Benci." T
he most renowned is undoubtedly the Mona Lisa, believed to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco Giocondo.

His compositions were meticulously studied, focusing on perfecting drawing and creating an air of mystery. He introduced the sfumato technique, softening outlines and enveloping figures in a characteristic haze.

Beyond the canvas, Leonardo's insatiable curiosity led him into revolutionary ideas.

He envisioned flying machines, anticipating aviation centuries before its creation. His notebooks, filled with sketches and writings, unveiled detailed observations of human anatomy and pioneering studies of nature.

His artistic acclaim and constant pursuit of knowledge led him to Milan, where he served Duke Ludovico Sforza as a military engineer and designer of impressive war machines.
Amidst these endeavors, he crafted iconic masterpieces such as "The Last Supper" and "The Mona Lisa," earning recognition for innovative techniques and a dedication to capturing realism.

Leonardo, however, was not confined to painting. 

His explorations extended to nature, anatomy, and mechanics, transforming humanity's understanding of the world. His tireless curiosity took him across Italy, working for different patrons and exploring new horizons.

In his later years, sponsored by King Francis I, Leonardo retired to France. He passed away on May 2, 1519, leaving behind a legacy that transcends art.

His vision and brilliance continue to inspire generations, emphasizing the greatness found in inquisitive minds and the constant pursuit of knowledge.

Leonardo was left-handed, but it is believed he was ambidextrous. Known for writing and drawing with his left hand, he also demonstrated the ability to write from right to left in mirror image, creating a mirrored script readable only with a mirror.

While painting masterpieces like "The Last Supper" and "The Mona Lisa," Leonardo's love life remained shrouded in mystery. No records of romances or marriages exist. Some suggest that his personal relationships were overshadowed by his obsession with seeking knowledge.

Serving Italian patrons led him to Milan and Florence, where he not only painted but also designed military machines and organized events for the aristocracy.

Leonardo, the artist, transformed into Leonardo, the engineer, and event planner, showcasing his unique versatility.

In his later years, Leonardo journeyed to France under the patronage of King Francis I. Settling in the Château de Cloux, he continued his work until his death in 1519. This genius, spanning art, science, and engineering, carried many of his personal secrets to the beyond.

Despite speculation about his sexual orientation and the absence of records of romantic relationships, Leonardo da Vinci left an indelible legacy.

His notebooks, filled with sketches and writings, reveal intimate thoughts and his obsession with understanding the world. Leonardo's personal life, like his works, remains wrapped in enigmas and mysteries that captivate the curiosity of future generations.

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