The Life of a Genius

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life out of our souls” said Pablo Picasso ( Last week, I went to Vancouver Art Gallery, and I saw art works that were special in different ways. Visiting the gallery made me think of art and artists much more thoroughly. At that time, Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings came to my mind. Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most famous artists of all time, had great achievements and had a great impact on art all over the world in his life time.

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Leonardo da Vinci had a normal and uninteresting life. He was born on April 15,1452 in Vinci, Republic of Florence, which now is known as Italy. He was the illegitimate son of Piero da Vinci and a woman named Caterina (Livingston 3). He had twelve younger siblings. He learned math, geometry, and Latin. He also lived in Milan for twenty years. he was taught by famous Italian artist called Adrea del Varrochio. The first biography of Leonardo da Vinci was published almost three decades after his death. There are few documents available about his uninteresting life.


Leonardo da Vinci is well known because of the creativity shown in his art works. The fresco “The Last Supper” is one of the most famous paintings ever. He tried a new method of applying colours in the painting. He applied colours on a wet plaster. He tried to represent the scene of Jesus’s last eve with twelve of his closest followers. The story behind the last supper is when Jesus announced that one of his followers will betray him. There is evidence that Leonardo da Vinci tried hard to make the right expression he wanted for this painting. “He walked the streets for hours, sketching memorable faces on his portable pad” (Livingston 5).

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Leonardo da Vinci had a great impact on the world. He introduced the High Renaissance Style in art. Interestingly, beside his artistic knowledge, he presented theories in botany, anatomy, physiology, and medicine. In the last ten years of his life, he spent most his time doing research in different science majors; meanwhile, he painted less at that period. That’s how he had a great impact on world.

Although Leonardo da Vinci didn’t have a special and interesting life, he had a great artistic career, and he had a great effect on art. There is no need to be from a royal and wealthy family, or having a very interesting childhood. What matters is who you are and your talents. Just let them flow and create your great masterpiece like Leonardo da Vinci.


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One Comment Add yours

  1. taraarenaud says:

    What a great essay, Niki! I love the images; they bring it to life! Well done.


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