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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.

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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.
Explore this interactive exhibition about Leonardo's work and the science of painting. Includes many images of da Vinci's artwork and notebooks.
Take a virtual tour of Leonardo's studio, get a closer look at the Mona Lisa, brush up your Italian, and more using the multimedia activities on this interactive site.
Here is a brief biography of Leonardo da Vinci. NOTE: Reading level is for older students.
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.
This student designed website contains many images of Leonardo's work and is available at three different reading levels.
Students can explore Leonardo's ideas about design and machines in this lesson plan.
This science update explores the relationship between vision and art using the Mona Lisa as an example. Explore the links at the bottom for online experiments in visual perception.
Read this article to find out how a genius think. Note: This site includes ads.
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.

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