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The Renaissance was one of the most important movements in the history of the world Numerous breakthroughs were made during this time The renaissance took place during the 14th 15th and 16th centuries Leonardo da Vinci 1452 - 1519 was known for his art during that time Along with being a painter da Vinci was a sculptor an engineer an architect and a scientist Da Vinci was born during the Renaissance and after his death he influenced many other sculptors and painters like Michelangelo Leonard was born in Vinci Tuscany Leonardo was a part of a very wealthy family In the mid-1460s his family settled in Florence where Leonardo was given the best education that Florence could offer He quickly advanced socially and intellectually In about 1466 he was apprenticed to Andrea del Verrocchio as a garzone or studio boy where he was introduced to many activities from the painting of altarpieces to the creation of bronze and marble sculptures In 1472 he entered the Painters Guild of Florence and in 1476 he was still considered the assistant of Verrocchio In 1478 he became his own master and many chapels were giving him offers to draw altarpieces Leonardos world-famous work Mona Lisa is very well know because of its unique techniques and the mysterious smile on the face of the subject This work is an example of two techniques sfumato and chiaroscuro Leonardo was one of the first great masters of these techniques Sfumato is the blurring of sharp outlines that usually blends into another color in this work sfumato is used on the robe that the subject is wearing as well as on her smile Chiaroscuro is the use of light and shade in a pictorial representation This is believed to be the cause of the puzzling smile on the face of his model Another one of his famous pieces is The Last Supper This is the drawing of the famous scene where
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