“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” Leonardo Da Vinci
The fifteenth century art master, Leonardo Da Vinci, is perhaps best known for his work, “The Last Supper”. It's a magnificent painting. Visitors to the masterpiece have to book viewings and only a handful of people can enter the room at one time. For those with the patience, it's considered a truly worthwhile experience.
Not only skilled in the painted arts, Da Vinci also had a talent for engineering, sculpture, and sketching. He was also a professional draughtsman meaning he had expertise in law. This truly multi-talented individual was a key figure in the Italian Renaissance and is often regarded at the archetype for the ethic of the time.
The famous drawing of Vitruvian Man, which shows a human figure in perfect proportion and with arms and legs in geometric positions, is the iconic image that we all remember. It's used in many things and speaks volumes in terms of aesthetic and dynamic. Leonardo is known to have drawn many others though, and they're all equally as good. His hand truly had a gift in the way it could capture the true likeness of what the eye could see.
It's been there for twenty years, according to the headline, but it's news to me and so probably for you too. The entire collection of Da Vinci's drawings and sketches are all online in one place. Take inspiration from the master himself, perhaps see if there's anything you can replicate, or mix up and play with. Take a look.
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