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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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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

Terms to Know
  • Anatomy

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

  • Chiaroscuro

    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.

  • Conservation

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

  • Restoration

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

  • Scientific illustration

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

  • Sfumato

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