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Famous People: Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was an artist, scientist, and inventor. On these sites, you can learn about his life, work, ideas, and the times in which he lived. You can read his biography, see his artwork, sketchbooks, or take a virtual tour of his studio. Included is an eThemes resource on the Renaissance, Artists, and Simple Machines.
Explore the exhibits on this site to learn all about Leonardo da Vinci. Take a virtual tour of the museum exhibit, or read a biography. "Exploring Leonardo" highlights some of Leonardo's inventions, introduces Renaissance drawing techniques, and examines his habit of writing backwards. Included is an interactive map and biography. Or click on the "Multimedia Zone" for interactive features about art.
This site has many exhibitions of Leonardo's work that contain detailed information and many images. Learn about his life, machines, manuscripts, and a monumental horse statue that was finally built 500 years after his death. NOTE: The Ideal City exhibit links to a site with a chat forum.
This eight part article discusses the historical and cultural context in which Leonardo lived. Be sure to explore the BBC link "Science: Leonardo" on the right for a virtual tour of da Vinci's studio. NOTE: Reading level is for older students.
These sites include interactive models of machines such as levers and pulley systems. Explains basic concepts of physics such as mechanics, force, and motion. Includes sites on the mechanics of sports and Leonardo da Vinci's inventions.
These websites are about the Renaissance in Europe. Find out about the artwork, inventions, science, and people of the time period. Includes information about the Renaissance in Italy, France, and the Netherlands. Three are videos, games, activities, quizzes, and more. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on Shakespeare.
View the works of famous artists, including Salvador Dali, Grandma Moses, Georgia O'Keefe, Mary Cassatt, MC Escher, Andy Warhol, Augustus Rodin, Picasso, Grant Wood, and more. Includes biographies and classroom activities about art. There are links to an eMINTS WebQuest and eThemes Resources on art museums, Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, George Caleb Bingham, Thomas Hart Benton, and color theory.