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Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop (Florence, 16th century)

Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop (Florence, 16th century)

Visit the workshop of the Renaissance polymath and his most influential inventions and works of art.

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Questions

  • Who are the characters depicted in Leonardo's 'Last Supper'?
  • Which painting is Leonardo Da Vinci's work?
  • Which painting is not Leonardo Da Vinci's work?
  • What was not one of Leonardo's main field of study?
  • Which of these words describes Leonardo?
  • What was not one of Leonardo's 'jobs'?
  • In which city did Leonardo NOT work?
  • In which artist's workshop did Leonardo spend his apprenticeship?
  • In which century did Leonardo die?
  • In which century was Leonardo born?
  • What nationality was Leonardo da Vinci?
  • What special 'writing system' did Leonardo da Vinci use in his notes?
  • Who disapproved Leonardo's studies of human anatomy?
  • What was not one of Leonardo's main field of study?
  • What was not one of Leonardo's main field of study?
  • Is it true that Leonardo da Vinci built most of his sketched devices?
  • Who was Leonardo da Vinci's contemporary?
  • What was not invented by Leonardo da Vinci?
  • Which of these was invented by Leonardo da Vinci?
  • What could Leonardo not have kept on his desk?
  • In which cultural era did Leonardo live and work?
  • Is it true that many of Leonardo's ideas came from observing Nature?

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The polymath

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Narration

The turn of the 15th and 16th centuries brought major changes in history, so it is rightly considered the dawn of the Modern age. Leonardo da Vinci, the archetypal Renaissance Man, also lived in this period.

This polymath, who made his mark both as an artist and an inventor, worked in a number of cities during his long and varied career, but his years in Florence were perhaps the most remarkable.
Da Vinci certainly used the ideas of earlier scientists, but most of his inventions and scientific achievements, which were well ahead of his time, stemmed from his observations of Nature. These included his studies of human anatomy based on the dissection of human corpses, which outraged the Catholic church.

Another interesting aspect of Da Vinci’s work as an engineer was his studies of flight, although most of his ideas never left the drawing board. Some of his plans were tested later and it turned out they would never work in practice.

Da Vinci’s work as a military engineer was more practical; most of his war machines were commissioned. He developed a number of ingenious offensive weapons and brilliant defensive machines. Many of these are considered the precursors to modern weapons of war.

But it is not only his contribution to science that made him famous, his fame also rests on his achievements as an artist. Besides his artistic studies and sketches of various topics he was also a painter. Many of his works became legendary, for example the Mona Lisa, one of the best known works in the history of art. The mysterious smile of La Gioconda is a true reflection of the age as well as of Da Vinci’s own life.

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