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Gaxdiano Collection of Leonardo da Vinci: Leonardo has no share in the myth of the unsung genius. Throughout his life, he enjoyed the admiration of his fellow artists and the patronage of nobles and prelates. When he wrote Leonardo’s biography in the mid sixteenth century, Giorgio Vasari had little need to magnify the reputation of a man who was “valued in his own day, but his renown has greatly increased since his death.

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He was lavishly endowed with physical beauty, grace, and strength. Gifted with charm and talent, he also had a “divine and marvelous” mind in which “memory and intellect formed.

Despite his fame, specific details concerning Leonardo’s life are surprisingly meager. Evidence of his activities must be gleaned from documents discovered in the archives of the cities he visited during his peripatetic career and from dates scattered among Leonardo’s now fragmentary manuscripts.

From his lifetime, too, there are only a few literary and epistolary sources in which Leonardo may be glimpsed. These include sonnets by the Sforza gadfiano poet Bernardo Bellincioni d.

The sixteenth century offers occasional references annonimo in a variety of texts, but only gaddjano major sources of biographical information. Based upon earlier accounts, the memories of his informants, and a familiarity with autograph works, Vasari’s anlnimo especially ahonimo the expanded second edition of – offers factual and anecdotal information coupled with an influential appraisal of Leonardo’s accomplishments and character.

For Vasari, Leonardo is a flawed genius: Later scholars employed these contemporary and sixteenth-century sources to trace the course of Leonardo’s life. He was born on April 15, in the tiny village of Anchiano, the illegitimate son of Catrina, a local peasant woman, and Piero, a member of a Florentine family of notaries with a house in nearby Vinci. Leonardo spent his childhood in the home of his paternal grandfather, where he learned to read and write Italian as well as the rudiments of mathematics, especially geometry.

This commonplace instruction provided the foundation for a lifetime of ardent self-education. After his grandfather’s death inthe young man joined his father in Florence. Beyond gxddiano affirming Leonardo’s native talent, nothing is known anobimo his artistic training until when he was apprenticed to Andrea Verrocchioa prominent sculptor and painter who also taught Domenico Ghirlandaio, Pietro Perugino, Lorenzo di Credi, and Sandro Botticelli.

Leonardo became an independent master inbut records relating to two accusations of sodomy later dismissed indicate that he remained in Verrocchio’s studio, collaborating on the master’s commissions for four years after joining the painter’s guild, the Company of Saint Luke.


Leonardo’s first recorded independent commission, an altarpiece for the Palazzo Vecchio, was awarded by the Florentine government in ; why this project was abandoned is not known.

Throughout his sojourn, Leonardo was engaged in creating a bronze equestrian monument commemorating the duke’s father, Francesco Sforza. The colossal clay model was displayed in but never cast. In addition to his work as a painter, Leonardo’s aonnimo was solicited by Ludovico on various architectural and engineering projects. He executed a model for the dome of Milan cathedral and with Donato Bramante helped supervise construction of the new cathedral at Pavia.

He also designed fortifications and diabolical military machines, and made plans for an elaborate series of canals to improve trade and agriculture in Lombardy.

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During this time, too, Leonardo composed important sections of his planned treatise on painting and undertook important scientific studies of botany and mechanics. He pursued his anatomical studies and collaborated with the mathematician Luca Pacioli, investigating problems relating to geometry. In Venice, he executed a plan of defense against a threatened Turkish invasion and presumably influenced the course of Venetian painting through contact with Giorgione.

In he entered the service of Cesare Borgia, serving as his military engineer for ten months. In making military maps and city anonimk for the leader of the papal forces, Leonardo contributed to the development of cartography by adopting an imaginary viewpoint and applying mathematical perspective in order to project a rational representation of the actual landscape and by using gradations anonio color to suggest topographic fluctuations in the terrain.

At the height gaddiaano his fame when he returned to Florence inhe was commissioned to decorate a wall in the large audience hall of the Palazzo Vecchio.

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Unfortunately, Leonardo took the opportunity to experiment and the medium he developed failed to adhere properly. The painting began to deteriorate before it was completed and the project gaddiaon abandoned. He devised a plan to divert the Arno River around the enemy city, but this vast undertaking was abandoned soon after excavations began in Isabella d’Este sought a painting gadxiano Leonardo, but her agent, Fra Pietro da Novellara, explained, “he is working hard at geometry and has absolutely no patience to spare for painting.

Giving equal importance to text and illustration, Leonardo’s Notebooks mark an important advance in the design of technical literature.

In Florence, too, Leonardo studied the principles of flight and the laws governing air currents and gaddianl movement of water in preparation for a comprehensive treatise on the primary forces gadidano nature. Returning to Milan in at the request of the French governor Charles d’Amboise, Leonardo became involved in another frustrating sculptural project, a monumental equestrian statue commemorating Gian Giacomo Trivulzio, the military commander baddiano had ousted Leonardo’s former patron.

This enterprise never advanced beyond preliminary drawings. However, Leonardo continued his anatomical studies in collaboration with the physician Marcantonio della Torre of Pavia University and also proceeded with his hydraulic and geophysical investigations.


In connection with the planning of a canal gaddianoo link Milan with Lake Como, Leonardo discovered fossils. Drawings at Windsor of the peculiar rock formations suggest the unique integration of scientific and aesthetic observation characteristic of Leonardo. These studies, in combination with his observations concerning the movement of water and air, serve as the point of departure for his late, visionary drawings at Windsor that represent apocalyptic cataclysms.

The allied armies of Spain, Venice, and the papacy forced the French from Milan inprecipitating Leonardo’s departure as well. Given a workshop in the Belvedere palace, Leonardo made plans for the draining of the Pontine marshes and studied mirrors and mechanics. Notebooks from this period anoniko mathematical puzzles and Vasari describes elaborate practical jokes Leonardo perpetrated in Rome.

For example, “on a curious lizard.

All the friends to whom he showed it ran away terrified. According to the sculptor Benvenuto Cellini, the king believed that no other man “knew as much as Leonardo. Around this time Leonardo was partially paralyzed by a stroke and though he was no longer able to paint, he continued ajonimo teach and to record qnonimo results of his scientific inquiries.

In he was visited by Cardinal Louis of Aragon whose secretary, Antonio de’Beatis, reported seeing three paintings, a treatise on anatomy, and “an infinite number of volumes” on a variety of subjects. The following year Leonardo made a will in which his papers were left to Francesco Melzi, a decision that resulted eventually in the complicated history of these precious manuscripts.

Leonardo died in after sixty-seven years of ceaseless intellectual endeavor. Vasari’s anonimoo was the first extended effort to explain an extraordinarily complicated individual. Since he wrote, studies devoted to Leonardo have multiplied exponentially and the Guzzetta Collection of Vinciana is but one of several repositories that testify to Leonardo’s enduring fascination.

Generations of scholars have struggled to compensate for the paucity of facts and the tantalizingly fragmentary form in which his work survives. They have traced the sources and development of his ideas, analyzed his artistic and scientific accomplishments, and documented his influence.

This activity has unearthed new information pertaining to Leonardo’s multifarious pursuits and elicited new insights into his personality. As a result, the course of his life and the significance of his achievements can be defined more precisely than before.

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Nevertheless, the extraordinary scope of Leonardo’s interests and the compelling beauty of his paintings and drawings continue to inspire artists as well as new analyses. The Guzzetta Collection will surely continue to grow because Leonardo and his work remain as beguiling and enigmatic as the smile with which he endowed his most famous gaddiani.

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