Tuesday April 15th marks this master painter's 562nd birthday!
Although this Tuesday marks tax day, it also marks the birthday of the original Renaissance Man! Leonardo da Vinci was born April 15, 1452 and was renowned for being a true archetype of the Renaissance with areas of expertise in fields such as art, painting, sculpture, anatomy, architecture, music, math, engineering, geology, cartography, botany, and writing.
Although he is well known for his inventions and conceptualization of things like the tank, flying machines and even his own theory of plate tectonics, da Vinci is best known for his artwork including paintings such as the stunning Mona Lisa and the beautiful and descriptive The Last Supper.
The Mona Lisa
The Last Supper
He was also famous in the art world for his sketches and close attention to detail and realism with more of his sketches and journals surviving than his paintings. His Vitruvian Man sketch shows the proportions of the human body and has been referenced culturally on everything from t-shirts to the Euro coin!
The Vitruvian Man
Leonardo da Vinci was a master in many fields and his name now lends a notion that implies master quality and inventiveness. Jerry's Artarama has several products and art supplies with his name on it from oil paints and watercolors to kids' art supplies and studio easels, the name "da Vinci" marks them all!
Da Vinci painting supplies
Da Vinci studio supplies
So celebrate this week for Leonardo da Vinci's birthday! Try one of the many products and supplies with his name on it or even bake a cake and try your hand at copying one of his paintings in frosting on top of it. Get out there and remember what an amazing artist, inventor, genius and true Renaissance Man Leonardo da Vinci truly was!