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Leonardo da Vinci: such a versatile person

25 November 2010

leonardo da vinci pictureLeonardo da Vinci means “Leonardo from the town of Vinci,” and is generally referred to in short as “Leonardo” rather than as “da Vinci” He received a fresh burst of public interest in 2003 with the publication of The Da Vinci Code. Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most prominent artists around the world, and his fame will never cease.

Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452, near the village of Vinci about 25 miles west of Florence. He was the illegitimate son of Ser Piero da Vinci, a prominent notary of Florence.

When Leonardo was 15, his father apprenticed him to Andrea del Verrocchio, the leading artist of Florence and a characteristic talent of the early Renaissance. Verrocchio’s great skill and passionate concern for quality of execution, as well as his interest in expressing the vital mobility of the human figure, were important elements in Leonardo’s artistic formation. His earliest known painting is a product of his collaboration with the master as Leonardo stayed on as an assistant in Verrocchio’s shop after completing his apprenticeship. It was a standard procedure in the Italian Renaissance.
But what is special is that Leonardo’s work is not, as was usual, a slightly less skilled version of Verrocchio’s manner of painting but an original approach altering it.
About 1478 Leonardo set up his own studio. In 1481 he received a major church commission for an altarpiece, the Adoration of the Magi. In this unfinished painting, Leonardo’s new approach is far more developed. In these paintings there is a not traditional composition and a strong sense of continuing movement.
The simultaneous increase in both the level of activity and the organized system which controls it will climax later in Leonardo’s famous Last Supper (1495-97) which is among the most widely popular and influential paintings of the Renaissance. He created this artwork during his 11 years dwelling in Milan. In his painting distant objects progressively lose their separateness and hence are not drawn with outlines and also they tend to a uniform gray tone. Leonardo wrote about this in his notebook entries in mirror script, a trick which kept many of his observations from being widely known until decades after his death. His notebooks reveal a spirit of scientific inquiry and a mechanical inventiveness that were centuries ahead of his time.

In 1500 Leonardo returned to Florence, where he was received as a great man. Florentine painters of the generation immediately following Leonardo were excited by his modern methods. During his years in Florence (1500-1506), even though they were interrupted in 1502 by a term as military engineer for Cesare Borgia, Leonardo completed more projects than in any other period of his life.
In his works of these years, the emphasis is almost exclusively on portraying human vitality, as in the Leda and the Swan(lost; known only through copies), a spiraling figure kneeling among reeds, and the Mona Lisa, the portrait of a Florentine citizen’s young third wife, whose smile is mysterious because it is in the process of either appearing or disappearing. In the portrait, the crossed arms form the base of a pyramid capped by the head, which gives the lady her quality of classic rightness and prevents the less than full-length portrait from seeming incomplete and arbitrarily amputated at the lower edge.
Called to Milan in 1506 by the French governor in charge, Leonardo worked on an equestrian statue project, but he produced no new paintings. Instead he now turned more and more to scientific observation. Leonardo was and is best known as an artist, the creator of such masterpieces as the Mona Lisa, Madonna of the Rocks, and The Last Supper. But Leonardo was far more than a great artist: he had one of the best scientific minds of his time. He made painstaking observations and carried out research in different fields. He’s equally famous for his astonishing multiplicity of talents,dabbled in architecture, sculpture, engineering, geology, hydraulics and the military arts, all with success, and in his spare time doodled parachutes and flying machines that resembled inventions of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The most heavenly gifts congregated in one individual. This individual was Leonardo da Vinci, who had an indescribable grace in every effortless act and deed. His talent was so rare that he mastered any subject to which he turned his attention. Leonardo da Vinci was great Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer. He made detailed drawings of human anatomy which are still highly regarded today.

All his paintings are universally seen as masterpieces. The power of The Last Supper comes in part from its masterly composition. In the present era the Mona Lisa or “la Gioconda” with her enigmatic smile is probably the most famous painting in the world. Its fame rests, in particular, on the elusive smile on the woman’s face, its mysterious quality brought about perhaps by the fact that the Leonardo has subtly shadowed the corners of the mouth and eyes so that the exact nature of the smile cannot be determined.

He was the founding father of what is called the High Renaissance style and exercised an enormous influence on contemporary and later artists. His writings on art helped establish the ideals of representation and expression that were to dominate European academies for the next hundreds of years.

How to become an artist

16 November 2010

No one is born a talented painter. It is a studying process to become a painter. If you aretrying hard, you have a result. Even the most famous artists have acquired skills with the brush and perfected it over the years to reach the top of success. First you need to understand art. It may not be as important to understand it as to welcome it, treat it with a degree of reverence, and contemplate it. You can read different books, magazines, visit art galleries or browse collections of famous artists in online art galleries, if you don’t have an opportunity to go to different places. Art galleries offer valuable insight into artistic expressions in the variety of their forms, functions, and cultures of origin. It is a good way to gather more information on the subject of art. You can compare various original oil paintings and different artists. It also helps to understand a little more about We all have a budding artist within us waiting to surface and explore. Art is so simple that it does not have any determinate age, does not require special qualification or skill to begin with. You can start learning art at any time. It helps to know this fact itself.

Each one of us has to express our feelings. We can start to paint as a hobby and then become a real painter, if you possess of course required skills, imagination and talent. It can even become your future profession. Pablo Picasso said: “Artist is a person who paints something that can be sold. A good artist is a person who sells what he paints.”
It is your chance to emote, make a space in the art world. It will be your interpretation of the world, new view. Decide what type of art you are interested in. Becoming an artist is not difficult once you realize what type of art you are interested in. Read up on artists and visit art galleries. There are hundreds of art techniques that you can learn from.

Don’t give up when you don’t see improvement in the first few months. Nothing goes right the first time. You may waste time and some art material, but it won’t be in vain. Focus on the painting. If you don’t have new ideas, leave it for sometime. There is no deadline to finish a painting and there is no end to creativity as long as you are willing to express your inner vision, your feelings. We should do what we really love, it is the most important thing. If you like painting, it is perfect solution to combine profession and hobby.

What is art

14 November 2010

Just as writers use words to express themselves, artists use their art to express their views on issues that touch them. If artists create a valuable piece of art, it is not easy to forget it even if you have viewed it once.

Art inspires people to achieve positive feelings and change. Art isn’t just something that hangs on the walls in museums and art galleries. It’s all around us.

Art can be viewed in different perspective, depending on a person’s interests and views. I, personally, see everything as art, or something that can at least become art. For me, a leaf,a flower, a phone or anything can become art. I believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In such a way, art can be everything and everything is art, hence an ordinary day of your life can become walking in a terrific museum of art. Art creates beauty. We all know that determining beauty is a subjective depending on each individual. However, it is essential to remember that individuals generally have a biased view.
There are also divergent viewpoints: if anything can count as art, and anyone can make art, what does it mean to be an artist. Then art ceases to have a point. Curious and well known fact that some people like looking at some things, others like looking at others. All we know this.

For me, art is dedicated to beauty; it’s a way to let beauty into our world by means of the artist’s gifts and sensibilities.

Many artists now see their role as sounding the alarm, and have felt the need to alter the direction of their art. Such artists incarnate different ideals and a different philosophy of life.

Individuals perish, and with them their memories. Original oil painting retains the information even though the individual expires. Art provides humans with an evolutionary advantage to collectivize the memory of the past and enables us to plan for the future. In the process, art creates a window into the past. Language is communication in the present. Art is communication over time.

Art is created in a feedback environment, and ends up entirely outside the brain of its creator. The artist begins with a vague idea and hammers away until the idea begins to take some sort of finished form. The tools, techniques and materials all exert their influence. Education and training, personal feelings dictate what the artist can imagine. Society dictates what the artist can profitably present.

Art and its possibility

10 November 2010

Art and its possibility The art can get a message across about the global issues. It can give a message in a variety of different forms, whether it is visual art, performing art, literature and the like.

What is art? For this question there will be more than one answer, and certainly more than one way to answer. People can respond in different ways.

A lot of art can go past political boundaries and can penetrate cultures in a non aggressive way, and strengthen intercultural understanding.

The boundaries between countries are starting to soften and the arts can provide a safe and constructive environment for this to germinate. More and more interaction is taking place online.

Nowadays you can buy, for example, famous original oil painting by using Internet, you can visit variety of art galleries online and simply with the click of the baton the precious oil painting on canvas is your.

Maybe there’s a need to concentrate more fully on what art might do for today’s society.

Art is about opening a dialogue and is something where views and opinions are all allowed to happen and are valued equally. Art helps communicate where politicians and their negotiation over nuclear power or even terrorism cannot. Art is important for developing opinions and open dialogue, respecting other people’s values and opinions and creating an environment for collective change.

It was known that during the wars art tended to be more darker: more darker places, more darker colors. This was obviously people’s perception of the world at the time. Contemporary art allows viewers to see the world through the artist’s eyes and gain a new perception of the world, new fresh look.

Art performs many tasks in our society. Perhaps the most important is to enable people to see things that were formerly invisible, or which were brought into existence by the artist. Creating the art works artists push the envelope of social understanding, and those in the vanguard are not often understood at first. With time people can rethink their attitude and viewpoint.

Talent and Art

10 November 2010

Every person born in this world represents something that never existed before, something new, something unique and original. Everyone has an inborn talent, but every talent is different.

Someone can be talented at music, while other can posses skills and ability to create oil paintings. We all have a creative side in us, just waiting to be found. If you enjoy writing, then write poems, or stories. Many times we have hidden talents, that have gone unnoticed and untried. We visit art museums or galleries and enjoy them, but we never try to paint or create. We all have God given gifts, we just differently express and use them. Every person can find itself in some specific field of activity. Simply, one can do it quickly and other need more time to find out what exactly he want to do in his life. It seems to me that person can’t just think over and decide to be an artist, to create art, to paint, for example. I suppose it should be something that goes from inside, from person’s inner But there is another viewpoints concerning this thought. Some people believe that if you create something that you consider to be artistic, well it is art, no matter how bad it is, you put your effort and thought and time into it, it is art, and it guarantee that at least 1 person out of 6 billion on the planet will agree with you. Maybe it is right, but where, in this case, is a difference between art and simple things. What is art and what is not? If art is the most universal language then it should speak so that the man in the street can understand. Maybe if you don’t like something, you don’t understand and you ought to find out.

To people with a passion for art and collecting it is always possible to find extremely good works in art galleries. There you can find original oil paintings on canvas created by well known artists worldwide. If you don’t have enough time or possibility to visit art galleries in different cities, as an option you can enjoy art works visiting online art galleries. Nowadays, with our busy life it is very convenient. With the help of the internet you can browse variety of artworks of artists who have tremendous creative talent and are masters of the past, present and future. They convey their personal feelings and thoughts by making something precious and special, by making art.

Art is just another form of expression. Its a way of communicating and sharing feelings. Its an everyday thing like talking. Artists write their story and want to share it with others, to show their painting and to be understood in most cases. Art must surely have a social value, it must be addressed.

One paints in order to try to understand a bit about life and about oneself. Not all painters overstress a point to be understood. Some of them suppose that nothing worse could happen to painter than to be completely understood. Pablo Picasso said: “Poor painters! They always wish to be understood, and they are analyzed instead.”