Leonardo da Vinci: Born April 15, 1452

LastSupperThe Last Supper ~ 1494–1498 ~ Oil/tempera on dry plaster ~ Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan

The illegitimate son of a 25-year-old notary, Ser Piero, and a peasant girl, Caterina, Leonardo was born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy, just outside Florence. His father took custody of the little fellow shortly after his birth, while his mother married someone else and moved to a neighboring town. They kept on having kids, although not with each other, and they eventually supplied him with a total of 17 half sisters and brothers..
Growing up in his father’s Vinci home, Leonardo had access to scholarly texts owned by family and friends. He was also exposed to Vinci’s longstanding painting tradition, and when he was about 15 his father apprenticed him to the renowned workshop of Andrea del Verrochio in Florence. Even as an apprentice, Leonardo demonstrated his colossal talent.
>>>>>>   https://legacy.mos.org/leonardo/ (Museum of Science: Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Man)

“On Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthday MFA Boston Shows the Most Beautiful Drawing in the World”~ https://news.artnet.com/in-brief/leonardo-da-vinci-birthday-288061 (artnet news)

Slideshow~ http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/leon/hd_leon.htm#slideshow1 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History)

Leonardo Da Vinci timeline~ http://worldhistoryproject.org/topics/leonardo-da-vinci (World History Project)

The Story of Leonardo’s Horsehttps://www.davincisciencecenter.org/about/leonardo-and-the-horse/the-full-story-of-leonardos-horse/ (Da Vinci Science Center)

Ralph Steadman Illustrates the Life of Leonardo da Vinci~ http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/07/11/ralph-steadman-i-leonardo/ (Brain Pickings)

List of works by Leonardo da Vinci~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_works_by_Leonardo_da_Vinci (Wikipedia)

Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani (Lady with the Ermine), about 1488Lady with an Ermine
Oil on wood panel
Wawel Castle, Kraków

Mona LisaMonaLisa
1503–1506 (perhaps 1517)
Oil on wood panel
Musée du Louvre, Paris


Ginevra de’Benci
Oil on wood panel
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

St. John the BaptistJohnTheBaptist

Oil on wood panel
Musée du Louvre, Paris


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Online “Botanical & Floral” Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces their 6th Annual “Botanicals” Juried Art Competition for the month of April 2016. 2D and 3D artists from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s May 2016 online group art exhibition. The gallery encourages entries from artists (including photography), regardless of where they reside to apply to this competition by submitting their best botanical and floral art.

The “Botanical” theme will be the artist’s interpretation and depiction of botanical and floral art. Botanical subjects will include flowers, herbs, leaves, plants and related botanical and floral subjects.  Artists should submit their best representational or non-representational Botanical and Floral art on or before the deadline of April 26, 2016.

Elizabeth Catlett (April 15, 1915-April 2, 2012)

Sculptor and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett used her art to advocate for social change in both the U.S. and her adopted country of Mexico for almost three-quarters of a century.
The granddaughter of former slaves, Catlett was raised in Washington, D.C. Her father died before she was born and her mother held several jobs to raise three children. Refused admission to Carnegie Institute of Technology because of her race, Catlett enrolled at Howard University, where her teachers included artist Catlett1Loïs Mailou Jones and philospher Alain Locke. She graduated with honors in 1935 and went on to earn the first the first M.F.A. in sculpture at the University of Iowa five years later.
Grant Wood, her painting teacher at Iowa, encouraged students to make art about what they knew best and to experiment with different mediums, inspiring Catlett to create lithographs, linoleum cuts, and sculpture in wood, stone, clay, and bronze. She drew subjects from African American and later Mexican life.
In 1946, a grant from the Rosenwald Foundation enabled Catlett to move to Mexico City with her husband, Catlett2printmaker Charles White. There she joined the Taller de Gráfica Popular, an influential and political group of printmakers. At the Taller, Catlett met the Mexican artist Francisco Mora, whom she married after divorcing White and with whom she had three sons.


Encyclopædia Britannica: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Elizabeth-Catlett
Elizabeth Catlett on artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/elizabeth-catlett/
NYT~”Elizabeth Catlett, Sculptor With Eye on Social Issues, Is Dead at 96″: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/04/arts/design/elizabeth-catlett-sculptor-with-eye-on-social-issues-dies-at-96.html

Pysanky~ Ukrainian Easter Eggs


The Ukrainian pysanka (from the word pysaty, to write) was believed to possess an enormous power not only in the egg itself, which harbored the nucleus of life, but also in the symbolic designs and colors which were drawn upon the egg in a specific manner, according to prescribed rituals. The intricately colored eggs were used for various social and religious occasions and were considered to be a talisman, a protector against evil, as well as harbingers of good.