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Leonardo da Vinci
April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519

Complete Name : Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci

Occupation: Italian polymath, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician, writer, and political personality

Remembered as : the Eternal Renaissance Man

Art Movement: High Renaissance

Best Known Works: Mona Lisa (painting),
The Last Supper (painting), The Vitruvian Man (sketch)

Field of study: Too many and diverse to enumerate (in the arts and sciences)

Status: never married

Children: none

Leonardo da Vinci, a self-portrait at age 67
Leonardo da Vinci, a self-portrait

Leonardo da Vinci has often been described as the archetype of the renaissance man, one whose unquenchable curiosity was equaled only by his powers of invention. Italian polymath, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. In modern day parlance, one would say that he is the archetypal model for geeks around the world.

Milestones in Ingenuity:
..Leonardo da Vinci died on May 2, 1519 leaving behind a legacy of 15 surviving master paintings, notebooks containing details of his studies, sketches and scientific diagrams including anatomical and engineering (mechanical) models, and an exploration of his thoughts on the nature of painting. These complete body of works would later comprise an influential contribution to generations of artists, painters, scientists and engineers.
..his masterworks "The Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper" are the most famous, most reproduced, and most parodied paintings of all time.
..his sketch of the "Vitruvian Man" is regarded as a cultural icon -- being instantly recognizable and representative of the advancements made by the Italianpeople -- as to be reproduced in the Euro currency.
..primarily an artist, Leonardo nonetheless pursued exhaustive scientific studies of naturally occuring phenomena which, in today's society, would fall into the disciplines of aeronautics, anatomy, astronomy, botany, civil engineering, chemistry, geology, geometry, hydrodyanamics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, optics, physics, pyrotechnics, and zoology.
..his method of examination relied heavily upon observation. As an artist, he sought relentlessly to understand the mechanics behind visible observable phenoma, such as that of moving water, or the way light behaves as it contacts different surfaces -- examples are translucent linen and paper, or multi-layered foliage.
..his studies in anatomy led him to dissect human remains in order to arrive at a true and full understanding of outward musculature. Over a period of 30 years, Leonardo would dissect 30 male and female corpses of different ages. The product of these studies were the more than 200 drawings on human anatomy, which in 1680 became published under the heading "Treatise on Painting".

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..because the lifetime of Leonardo predated the existence of patent offices, it is not possible to identify all of his successful inventions, because it is unknown just how many of his ideas and designs made its way into mainstream industrial use, nor to what extent. What is known for fact is that he was a master of mechanical principles and simple machines -- he customarily used leverage and cantilevering, pully, cranks, gears (including angle gears and rack and pinion gears), parallel linkage, momentum, centripetal force, and the aerofoil in his many designs.
..Of his many inventions that were successfully integrated into practical use, it is clear that the following are included: the strut bridge, the automated bobbin winder, the machine for testing the tensile strength of wire, and the lens grinding machine.
..at various stages in his lifetime, he was employed as a military engineer, to which purpose he drafted designs for portable bridges to facilitate crossings, a catapult engine to assist in besieging a fortress, a chariot with mounted blades that would cut infantry, a tank with multiple mounted cannons that could wade into battle and decimate a battlefield, and many other such war machines
..during his studies of animals and natural phenomena, he investigated the science behind a bird's flight, and designed flying machines such as a flyer with flapping wings, a helicopter, a fixed-wing glider, and a parachute

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Supreme Oil Brush and Paint Set in a Wooden Box
Oil Painting Set in a Wooden Box

Supreme Oil Brush and Paint Set in a Wooden Box

This set has a beautiful selection of brushes and paints to help get you started with oil painting. Inside of the solid wood box you will find- twelve .4oz tubes of oil paint one drawing pencil one pencil eraser one stylus tool one plastic palette knife one bottle of refined linseed oil one round bristle brush in sizes 8 6 4 and 2 one filbert bristle brush in sizes 8 and 4 one bright bristle brush in sizes 8 4 2 and 1 one sable liner in size 1 and one bristle fan brush in size 4. The wood box has a comfortable handle for travel. A great kit for class use plein air painting getting started or just for fun! The box itself measures approximately 14 x 7 x 2-1/2 inches. <click to see more>

Oil Painting Set for Dummies
Your complete Oil Painting Kit

Oil Painting Set for Dummies

An oil painting set for "Dummies". This 26 piece art set is all you need to start painting right away! Includes: 10 oil paints 5 bristle brushes 1 white nylon brush 2 painting boards 1 palette knife 1 palette 1 palette cup 1 linseed oil 1 drawing pencil 1 pencil sharpener 1 eraser and 1 instruction book. Set comes inside a brown wooden box with metal clasp closures and a leather handle.

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Drawing Kit for Dummies
Complete Drawing Kit in a wooden box

Drawing Kit for Dummies

From the popular ''Books for Dummies'' line, this 31 piece art set is all you need to start drawing right away! Includes: 12 color pencils, 6 drawing pencils, 3 charcoal pencils, 2 tortillons, 1 blending stump, 1 sandpaper block, 1 kneaded eraser, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 ruler, 1 sketch pad, 1 manikin, and 1 instruction book. Set comes inside a black wooden box with metal clasp closures and a leather handle.

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Watercolor Painting for Dummies
A Complete Watercolor Set for Beginners

Watercolor Painting for Dummies

This Art Kit for "Dummies" originates from the World's Best-Selling Reference Series with over 150 million books in print. It includes everything a beginner needs to discover the joy of art the fun and easy way! Kit includes the instructional manual, 10 tubes of watercolor paint, 6 nylon brushes, 15-sheet watercolor paper pad, palette and knife, HB pencil, eraser, sharpener, in a richly-stained 14"x9" solid wood box.

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Acrylic Painting Kit for Dummies
Complete Acrylic Painting Kit
in wooden box

Acrylic Painting Kit for Dummies

This 24-piece acrylic painting set for "Dummies" is all you need to start painting right away! Includes: 10 acrylic paints 6 white nylon brushes 2 painting boards 1 palette knife 1 palette 1 drawing pencil 1 pencil sharpener 1 eraser and 1 instruction book. Set comes inside a red wooden box with metal clasp closures and a leather handle. Size of box: 9.25Hx14Wx2D.

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The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted: Guided Lessons for Beginners and Experienced Artists
Learn Oil Painting at home

The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted: Guided Lessons for Beginners and Experienced Artists
By Kathleen Staiger (Author)

Author Kathleen Staiger gives you a complete painting course you can take at home. Crystal clear, step-by-step lessons build from learning about light and shadow, brush control, and foolproof color mixing, to still life painting, landscapes, and portraits—every topic is covered in clear text, diagrams, illustrations, and demonstrations, with guided projects in every lesson. Tips and extra help sections appear throughout the book to help with common problems. Staiger has taught oil painting for more than thirty-five years; many of her students are now exhibiting and selling their paintings. <click to see more>

Oil Painting For Dummies (Paperback)
A Complete guide to Painting with Oils

Oil Painting For Dummies (Paperback)
By Anita Marie Giddings, Sherry Stone Clifton

Painting with oils gets much easier and a lot more fun when you follow a step-by-step approach that starts you off on the right foot, helps you build your skills one at a time, and gives you plenty of exercises to develop your craft. That’s what you’ll find in Oil Painting For Dummies.

Complete with handy color chart, basic materials list, and a very useful viewing square, Oil Painting For Dummies is the fun and easy way to discover your inner artist! <click to see more>

Drawing for Dummies (Paperback)
Complete guide to Drawing

Drawing for Dummies (Paperback)
by Brenda Hoddinott

Hone your drawing skills with 30 hands-on projects Discover how to draw still-lifes, landscapes, animals, people, and more! Worried that you don’t have enough talent to be an artist? Relax! All it takes is some practice – and the tips and techniques you’ll find in this friendly guide. Beginning with the very basics – lines, shape, shading, textures, perspective – artist Brenda Hoddinott shows you how to draw just about anything, from flower petals to a child’s eye.

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Watercolor Painting For Dummies (Paperback)
Complete guide to
Painting with Watercolors

Watercolor Painting For Dummies (Paperback) By Colette Pitcher

This friendly, guide gives you hands-on instruction and easy-to-follow, step-by-step exercises to help you master the basics. Filled with full-color projects and sample paintings, it shows you how to work with color and texture, practice composition, and make smooth changes. You’ll find out how to select the best tools, materials, and supplies, practice basic brush strokes, and use the three best common techniques: flat wash, graded wash, and rough texture.

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Acrylic Painting For Dummies (Paperback)
Complete guide to
Painting with Acrylic Paints

Acrylic Painting For Dummies (Paperback) By Colette Pitcher

Always wanted to paint with acrylics? This easy-to-follow, full color guide gives you expert instruction and simple exercises in acrylic painting techniques and styles. The step-by-step projects let you practice your skill and stir your imagination — and give you the foundation to create similar projects with your own subjects and surfaces!

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Adobe Photoshop CS4
Essential tool for Artists
of the Technological Age

Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create powerful images with the professional standard. Adobe Photoshop CS4 software provides improved access to its unrivaled power through a more intuitive user experience, greater editing freedom, and significant productivity enhancements.

Adobe's Photoshop series is the industry standard for photo editing, which includes album management, image enhancement and manipulation.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 7
Make ordinary photos Extraordinary

Adobe Photoshop Elements 7

Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 software combines power and simplicity so you can make ordinary photos extraordinary; tell engaging stories in beautiful, personalized creations for print and web; and easily find and view all your photos. New Photoshop.com membership* works with Photoshop Elements so you can protect your photos with automatic online backup and 2 GB of storage; view your photos anywhere you are; and share your photos in fun, interactive ways with invitation-only Online Albums.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 7
2 Fabulous Software in 1

Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 7

Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 & Adobe Premiere Elements 7 software combines two powerful yet easy-to-use products at a great value, so you can tell amazing stories with photos and videos. Easily create extraordinary photos and incredible movies, and use them together in cinematic slide shows and more. New Photoshop.com membership* works with Adobe Photoshop Elements & Adobe Premiere Elements so you can protect your photos and videos with automatic online backup and 2 GB of storage; access your photos and videos anywhere you are; and share your photos in fun, interactive ways with invitation-only Online Albums. <click to see more>

Supreme Oil Brush and Paint Set in a Wooden Box
Oil Painting Set in a Wooden Box

Supreme Oil Brush and Paint Set in a Wooden Box

This set has a beautiful selection of brushes and paints to help get you started with oil painting. Inside of the solid wood box you will find- twelve .4oz tubes of oil paint one drawing pencil one pencil eraser one stylus tool one plastic palette knife one bottle of refined linseed oil one round bristle brush in sizes 8 6 4 and 2 one filbert bristle brush in sizes 8 and 4 one bright bristle brush in sizes 8 4 2 and 1 one sable liner in size 1 and one bristle fan brush in size 4. The wood box has a comfortable handle for travel. A great kit for class use plein air painting getting started or just for fun! The box itself measures approximately 14 x 7 x 2-1/2 inches. <click to see more>

Supreme Oil Brush and Paint Set in a Wooden Box
Oil Painting Set in a Wooden Box

Supreme Oil Brush and Paint Set in a Wooden Box

This set has a beautiful selection of brushes and paints to help get you started with oil painting. Inside of the solid wood box you will find- twelve .4oz tubes of oil paint one drawing pencil one pencil eraser one stylus tool one plastic palette knife one bottle of refined linseed oil one round bristle brush in sizes 8 6 4 and 2 one filbert bristle brush in sizes 8 and 4 one bright bristle brush in sizes 8 4 2 and 1 one sable liner in size 1 and one bristle fan brush in size 4. The wood box has a comfortable handle for travel. A great kit for class use plein air painting getting started or just for fun! The box itself measures approximately 14 x 7 x 2-1/2 inches. <click to see more>

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