Known for creating classic paintings like the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper,” Leonardo da Vinci is widely considered one of the greatest artists in the course of human history. That said, the Italian Renaissance master is also acclaimed for his influence on the world of art. This brief blog will examine what some of these influences are.
Impact On Other Famous Artists
Countless other artists, most notably painters like Andrea del Santo and Antonio da Correggio often modeled their famous styles after work created by da Vinci.
Application Of Science And Nature Into Art
Da Vinci is widely praised for applying scientific and nature-driven theories into his works. The artist is known for claiming that many different disciplines are interconnected. Ergo, staying true to this belief, da Vinci applied theories about subjects including but not limited to physics and mathematics to create many noted works.
Da Vinci always strategized how to both conceptualize and create a specific work. The artist kept countless books containing copious notes (now historically labeled as codices), which discussed principles of various scientific and artistic principles. These codices enabled da Vinci to adapt, change, and mold his work by these principles.
The Father Of The Renaissance Art Movement
Many art historians credit da Vinci as being the father of Renaissance Art. The artist is credited for fostering the growth of artistic concepts practiced by future artists such as linear drawing, naturalism (the depiction of specific objects in nature-based settings), chiaroscuro (creating artworks that containing contrasting images of dark and light) and emotional expressionism (the depiction of dramatic or emotional scenes through artwork).
The Sfumato Technique
Da Vinci is credited with inventing the Sfumato Technique. This artistic principle calls upon creators to blend different colors in a way that gives their creations an almost shockingly real appearance. Da Vinci’s work, the “Mona Lisa” was created using the Sfumato Technique.
Artwork Spurned Later Inventions
Art historians suggest that da Vinci’s interest in subjects like science, math, and technology inspired him to explore future inventions through his artistic expressions. Some of his sketches are believed to be the precursor for the eventual development of inventions such as the parachute, helicopter, and military tanks.