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Leonardo da Vinci
One of the foremost artists in the history of Western art.
Founding father of the High Renaissance style and is admired for his virtuosity as:
- a painter
- a writer
- a scientist
Selected exhibitions for da Vinci are:
- 2018 Leonardo: Discoveries from Verrocchio’s Studio, Yale University Art Gallery
- 2016 Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- 2015 Drawing in silver and gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns, British Museum
Although few works seem to have been finished, and even fewer survive, Leonardo’s writings and sketchbooks offer glimpses into the life of an ingenious polymath.
“Painting,” he wrote, “is poetry that is seen rather than felt.”
Leonardo da Vinci was born in a Tuscan hamlet near Vinci. He began a nine-year apprenticeship at the age of 14 to Andrea del Verrocchio, a popular sculptor, painter and goldsmith who was an important figure in the art world of the day.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” - Leonardo da Vinci
Under Verrocchio's tutelage, da Vinci probably progressed from doing various menial tasks around the studio to mixing paints and preparing surfaces. He would have then graduated to the study and copying of his master's works.
During his apprenticeship Da Vinci developed his skill in:
He would also go to gain knowledge in diverse fields such as:
- architectural drafting
Leonardo da Vinci's drawings would become an essential part of his legacy. Da Vinci sketched prolifically, planning inventions, exploring human anatomy, drawing landscapes, and blocking out plans for paintings such as The Virgin of the Rocks and his sole surviving mural, The Last Supper.
After leaving the Verrocchio studio to set up his own, da Vinci began laying the groundwork for his artistic legacy. Like his contemporaries, he focused on religious subjects, but he also took portrait commissions as they came up. Over the next five years or so, he produced several notable paintings, including Madonna of the Carnation, Ginevra de' Benci, Benois Madonna, Adoration of the Magi, and St. Jerome in the Wilderness. The latter two pieces are unfinished.
While in Milan, the artist called upon his varied interests and knowledge to create stage sets and military designs for the Duke as well as paintings. Early in his tenure at court, da Vinci produced his first version of Virgin of the Rocks, a six-foot-tall altarpiece also called the "Madonna of the Rocks." In this painting, which dates to 1483, the artist experiments with blending the edges of objects in indistinct light to create a sort of smoky effect known as sfumato, a technique the artist would continue to develop in his future works.
Donatello - The Ninja Turtle
Nickname Don, Donnie or Donny, is a fictional character and one of the four main characters of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and all related media.
He is usually depicted wearing a purple eye mask. His primary signature weapon are his (2) effective bō staffs.
Donatello is the smartest of the four turtles. Donnie often speaks in technobabble with a natural aptitude for science and technology. He is the third eldest/second youngest of the turtles. Like all of the brothers, he is named after a Renaissance artist; in this case, he is named after Italian sculptor Donatello.
Donatello has a mastery of:
- Chi Gong
His other qualitites are Olympic-level agility, speed, and strength, Genius-level intellect ,Scientist, engineer and inventor, much like his name sake.