Da Vinci 2012

Contest Info

  • Started: 4/26/2012 05:00
  • Ended: 4/29/2012 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 28
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Da Vinci 2012
Contest Directions: On April 15th, artists around the world celebrated the 560th birthday of Lenoardo Da Vinci. Leonardo was not only an artist but also a great scientist, inventor and mathematician of his times. Some scientists say that Da Vinci was "Einstein of Renaissance".
To celebrate the 560th birthday of Leonadro Da Vinci, modernize his works any way you wish. Some examples are: include modern objects, sceneries, or people; merge his paintings with movie posters; commercialize his works by turning them into advertisements for modern products; turn them into billboards, etc. These are just some ideas. You are welcome to use Da Vinci's frescos and numerous sketches (e.g. Vitruvian man) in addition to paintings.

Contest Info

    • Started: 4/26/2012 05:00
    • Ended: 4/29/2012 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 28
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
28 pictures
  • Modern Mona Lisa

    Modern Mona Lisa
  • Zombie La Gioconda

    Zombie La Gioconda
  • Alien with Pet Painting by Da Vinci

    Alien with Pet Painting by Da Vinci
  • Scarlett Johansson as Mona Lisa

    Scarlett Johansson as Mona Lisa
  • Leonardo da Vinci Selling His Art

    Leonardo da Vinci Selling His Art
  • Alien Mona Lisa Painting

    Alien Mona Lisa Painting
  • Da Vinci Digital Painting Tutorials

    Da Vinci Digital Painting Tutorials
  • Mona Liza With Sliced Head

    Mona Liza With Sliced Head
  • Chopper Sketch by Da Vinci

    Chopper Sketch by Da Vinci
  • Kenny G Painting by DaVinci

    Kenny G Painting by DaVinci
28 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (born on April 15, 1452, in the village of Anchiano, near Florence - died on May 2, 1519, at Clos Lucé near Amboise, Touraine, France) – he was a great Italian artist (painter, sculptor, architect) and scientist (anatomist, naturalist), inventor, writer, one of the most prominent representatives of the High Renaissance art, a vivid example of the "versatile person". Leonardo is recognised in the subsequent tradition as a person who outlined most vividly the range of creative quests of his epoch. Childhood: Leonardo da Vinci was born in the village of Anchiano, near the town called Vinci not far from Florence on April 15 1452 at "at the third hour of the night", that is at 22:30 by modern reckoning. His birth was recorded in the diary of his paternal grandfather: "A grandson of mine, the son of my son Piero was born on April 15, Saturday, three hours into the night. The boy was called Leonardo and was christened by the parson Piero da Bartolomeo". His parents were a 25 years old legal notary, Ser Piero and his lover, Caterina, a peasant. The first few years of his life Leonardo lived with his mother. His father soon married a rich and noble girl, but the marriage was childless and Piero took his son into his family. Separated with his mother Leonardo was trying to reproduce her image in his masterpieces. He was living with his grandfather at that time. In Italy of that time they treated children born out of wedlock almost likerightful heirs. Many influential people of the city of Vinci took part in the Laonardo's destiny. When Leonardo turned 13 his stepmother passed away in labour. His father married again. Leonardo's father was 65 when he died; he was married four times and had 12 children. His father tried to introduce Leonardo to his family profession, but had no success: his son was not interested in the laws of society. Leonardo did not have a family in today's meaning. The word "da Vinci" simply means "(originally) from the city d Vinci" his is full name in Italian was "Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci", meaning "Leonardo, (son) of (Mes)ser Piero from Vinci" The Myth of Medusa-shield: In his "Lives of the Painters, Sculptors and Architects" Giorgio Vasari wrote that once a worker from Piero's estate in Vinci asked Leonardo's father to recommend an artist to paint on a round wooden shield. Ser Piero took the shield to his son. Leonardo decided that the best image to paint would be the head of Medusa. In order to make the beast produce a proper effect, he used lizards, snakes, grasshoppers, caterpillars, bats and other "creatures" "out of the number of which, variously put together, he formed a great ugly creature, most horrible and terrifying, which emitted a poisonous breath and turned the air to flame". The result exceeded all expectations: when Leonardo showed the finished work to his father it frightened him. The son told him: "This work serves the end for which it was made. Take it, then, and carry it away, since this is the effect that it was meant to produce". Ser Piero did not give the work to the peasant, he bought another shield buckler from a peddler and presented it to him. Leonard's Medusa Shield was sold by Ser Piero secretly to some merchants in Florence, for a hundred ducats. It is said that the shield was passed on to Medici family, and when it was lost, the sovereign masters of Florence were banished from the city by rebellious people. In many years cardinal Del Monte ordered a painting with Medusa's head on it to Caravaggio. New talisman was presented to Ferdinando I Medici to celebrate his son's wedding . Verrocchio's workshop: Verrocchio's workshop was located in what was then the intellectual center of Italy, the city of Florence, where Leonardo learned the humanities, as well as he acquired some technical skills. He studied drawing, chemistry, metallurgy, work with metal, plaster and leather. In addition, the young apprentice was engaged in painting, sculpture and modeling. There were other students working in the workshop, such as Perugino, Lorenzo di Credi, Agnolo di Polo, Botticelli; the workshop was often visited by such famous masters as Ghirlandaio and others. Later, after his father sets him up in his own workshop, he continues to work for Verrocchio. In 1473, at the age of 20, Leonardo da Vinci is qualified as the master in the Guild of St. Luke. Defeated master: In the 15th century there were ideas of reviving the ancient ideals in the air. In Florentine Academy the best minds of Italy were creating a theory new to art. The creative youth spent time in lively discussions. Leonardo tried to stay away from the bustling social life and rarely left the workshop. One day Verrocchio was commissioned to paint "The Baptism of Christ" and asked Leonardo to paint one of the two angels. It was common practice in an art workshop of those days: a teacher created a painting together with his students - assistants. The most talented and diligent students got to paint whole fragments. Two angels, painted by Leonardo and Verrocchio clearly demonstrated the superiority of the student over the master. According to Vasari, stunned Verrocchio put down his brush and never painted again.