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The High Renaissance: Leonardo da Vinci

The High Renaissance: Leonardo da Vinci

Author: Erin Aldana
This lesson will introduce High Renaissance art and architecture and consider several examples of the work of Leonardo da Vinci.
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Notes on "The High Renaissance: Leonardo da Vinci"

Key Terms

Scientific illustration

Drawings made with the goal of communicating information regarding the structure and appearance of an object.


An important method of shading using gradations of values and strong contrasts of light and dark to create a sense of volume. This method enhances the illusion of three-dimensional form on a two-dimensional plane


A painting technique that involves subtle tones blending into one another without harsh outlines, creating a "smoky" appearance.


The branch of science that deals with the physical structure of plants and animals.


Cleaning and repairing a work of art in order to bring it back to its original state as much as possible.


Repairing a work of art in order to avoid any further damage.

Image credits

Self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leonardo_da_Vinci_-_Self-Portrait_-_WGA12798.jpg , Mona Lisa, Public Domain,  Virgin of the Rocks, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Leonardo_da_Vinci_-_Virgen_de_las_Rocas_%28Museo_del_Louvre,_c._1480%29.jpg , Lady with an Ermine, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dama_z_gronostajem.jpg Studies of Embryos, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leonardo_da_Vinci_Studies_of_Embryos.jpg , Vitriuvian Man, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vitruvian.jpg , Design for a Helicopter, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leonardo_helicopter.JPG An Artillery Park, Creative Commons Wikimedia, The Last Supper, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leonardo_da_Vinci_002.jpg the Last Supper detail, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leonardo_da_Vinci_005.jpg