Sfumato (Leonardo’s smoke) – advanced painting technique by Da Vinci
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci is known as one of the poplar artists, inventors and engineer of the Renaissance epoch. Thanks to his genius art works (Lady with an Ermin, Mona Lisa (La Gioconda), Portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci, The Last Supper, The Adoration of the Magi, Self-portrait in red chalk, Vitruvian Man) he is considered to be one of the most influential artists of of all times.
Mona Lisa is the artwork with unique execution technique, which made Leonardo one of the biggest experts of the sfumato technique (also known as Leonardo’s smoke). With the help of sfumato Da Vinci created unique shadows in the corners eyes and the mouth of La Gioconda.
This is just one quick fact about Leonardo’s painting techniques, if you would like to know more about the Renaissance humanist ideal check out our interactive video presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XrBNska7Wg
In our presentation about Da Vinci we briefly reviewed such facts:
- the theories standing behind the meaning of La Gioconda; - who tested the design of Leonardo’s parachute? - the history of Codex Leicester – the most expensive manuscript in history; - Leonardo as one of the most successful left-handed people; - and many more.