How did Leonardo Da Vinci Influence the Renaissance?
I decided to to do my project over Leonardo Da Vinci and the Renaissance because I found that both topics had a lot of interesting information that should be shared. I have really enjoyed doing research over these two topics and found a lot of great information that I believe should be shared with others. I feel that others classmates will find this article as interesting as I did when researching. This article will explore the many artworks and art styles of Leonardo Da Vinci and the many wonders of the great Renaissance. I will also discuss the lifetime and interesting facts about both the Renaissance and Leonardo Da Vinci.
Let’s start with the famous artist Leonardo Da Vinci. Leonardo was born on April 15, 1452 in Vinci, Italy. Although we don’t know too much about Leonardo Da Vinci’s early life, we do know about his early living arrangements. He spent about 5 years in Anchiano, then lived in the small town of Vinci with his father, grandparents and uncle, Francesco. His father had married a sixteen-year-old girl named Albiera, who loved Leonardo but died young (Awkward). We can recall that Leonardo had recorded two incidents that show both his sense of curiosity and adventure. The first incident occurred when he was very young. A kite had fallen out of the sky and landed on his baby cradle and the feathers from the kite were brushing along his face. He was very interested in this as a child and doesn’t know why he remembers this incident. Another incident happened when he was adventuring the mountains. He stumbled upon a cave and was terrified of what might lurk inside. Although he was scared, he decided to adventure inside to see what was actually in the cave. Leonardo was so driven by curiosity. I believe that if these incidents didn’t happen that he might not have wanted to become an artist. As an engineer, Leonardo’s ideas seemed to be somewhat advanced for his time. He created the concepts of a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, the double hull and outlined a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics. In his time, he could not create these things that he had conceptualized but he was able to tinker with much smaller devices and machines. As a scientist, he greatly advanced the way we look at many things today.
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Now that I have covered quite a bit of information about Leonardo Da Vinci, I have decided to give the focus of these last few paragraphs to the Renaissance. The Renaissance had its list of problems, but when people decided to strive through reason, many things started to change. People started to question or wonder what was beyond the stars and when they figured out that the earth was not the center of their universe, the heads of religion were not too pleased. The forced those who opposed them to recant their beliefs or be locked away. One man decided to not recant the things he said and chose to be imprisoned in his own house. That man was Galileo Galilei. He developed the first telescope and found out that the earth was not the center of the universe. The earth was heliocentric meaning that the sun was the center of the universe and that the planets moved in rotations around it called orbits. The church didn’t like that he was spreading these ideas so they told him to recant his views or be imprisoned for 8 years. In those eight years, Galileo decided to continue his work and fortify his research on his heliocentric theory. Unfortunately Galileo passed away in those 8 years. His research was discovered later in history and changed the way we looked at the universe. This was just one example on how people decided to challenge common beliefs and look or explore for something new.
Now we will take on the ending of the Renaissance. The Renaissance started to fall during the time when German troops were attacking Rome. They attacked Rome for around 20 years and that eventually killed the Renaissance. It took longer for the new ideas and traditions to spread because as we know people of the Renaissance love to follow tradition. They had no intention of leaving behind what they had believed for the longest time. The newer generations found these other beliefs and decided to check for themselves to see if any of it was true and it became the new belief. These ideas revolutionized how we look at things today.
In this article we have looked at Inspiration of Leonardo Da Vinci and the rise, fall, and everything in between the Renaissance. We have learned how people have learned to move past common tradition and learn how to use reason to take on and test new beliefs.Below will be some pictures of Leonardo’s artwork and other photos from the Renaissance.