Leonardo Da Vinci

Contest Info

  • Started: 4/26/2004 06:00
  • Ended: 4/28/2004 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 22
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
Leonardo Da Vinci
Contest Directions: Photoshop the evidence that Leonardo Da Vinci was the father of other modern-day devices.

Contest Info

    • Started: 4/26/2004 06:00
    • Ended: 4/28/2004 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 22
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
This gallery only contains our top 22 selections from its parent contest Leonardo Da Vinci. All 22 contest pictures can be viewed here.
  • Cheesehead da Vinci

    Cheesehead da Vinci
  • Last Supper Grill

    Last Supper Grill
  • Wacom

  • Aibo da Vinci

    Aibo da Vinci
  • iPod Mona

    iPod Mona
  • Segway Codex

    Segway Codex
  • Top Fuel Dragster

    Top Fuel Dragster
  • Stylus Da Vinci

    Stylus Da Vinci
  • Leonardo da Vinci

    Leonardo da Vinci
  • Viagra

  • Da Vinci Copter

    Da Vinci Copter
  • Tattoo Gun

    Tattoo Gun
  • YoYo Painting

    YoYo Painting
  • Chute

  • Custom Paint Job

    Custom Paint Job
  • Davinci Flex

    Davinci Flex
  • Ferrari

  • Davici television

    Davici television
  • Da Vinci TV

    Da Vinci TV
  • Volume Control

    Volume Control
  • Serenity da Vinci

    Serenity da Vinci
  • Da vinci Carving

    Da vinci Carving
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This contest is fueled by the following news: For generations, Leonardo da Vinci has been regarded as one of the best painters in history. Additionally, many consider him to be a truly brilliant engineer. Some might now consider him to be the father of the modern car. Recently, the Museum of History and Science in Florence, Italy, unveiled what they are calling the first automobile based on sketches that were made by da Vinci. The rather primitive looking "car" runs on springs rather than gasoline. It really does appear to be the world's first self propelled vehicle. Other items that have been found in da Vinci's famous sketch books have included helicopters, flying machines, military tanks, bicycles and submarines. Truly, a man before his time. Da Vinci's Accomplishments: Art: Leonardo is known to our contemporaries mainly as an artist. However, it is possible that da Vinci may have been a sculptor too: researchers from the University of Perugia - Giancarlo Gentilini and Carlo Sisi claim that the terracotta head found by them in 1990 is the only sculpture made by Leonardo da Vinci that has reached us. However, da Vinci himself in different periods of his life considered himself first and foremost to be an engineer or a scientist. He did not dedicate too much time to fine art and his work was very slow. Therefore, Leonardo's artistic heritage is not big in terms of quantity and some of it was lost or damaged. However, his contribution to the world of art culture is exceptionally important even against the background of all those geniuses of the Italian Renaissance. Thanks to his works the art has entered a qualitatively new stage in its development. Leonardo's predecessors, other Renaissance artists positively refused many conventions of the medieval art. This was a movement towards realism and a great deal has been achieved in studies of prospective, anatomy, and greater freedom in composite solutions. But in terms of scenic beauty, and work with paint artists were still quite conventional and constrained. The line in the picture clearly outlined an object and the image looked like a painted drawing. Landscape was the most conventional part which played a secondary role. Leonardo recognized and implemented a new painting technique. His line has the right to blur, since that is the way we see it. He recognized the phenomenon of light scattering in the air and of sfumato the haze between the viewer and the object in the picture, which softens the lines and the contrasts of colors. As a result, realism in art moved to a qualitatively new stage. Science and engineering: The only invention that was recognized during his lifetime was a wheel lock for pinfire guns. First wheel lock firearms were not very common, but by the middle of the 16th century they gained popularity among noblemen, especially in the cavalry, which affected the design of armor, namely, Maximilian armour mitten gauntlets changed to finger gauntlets specifically for firing guns. Wheel locks for firearms, invented by Leonardo da Vinci was so sophisticated that it was still used in the 19th century. Leonardo da Vinci was interested in the problems of flight. In Milan, he made many drawings and studied the mechanism of flight of different species of birds and flying bats. In addition to the observations he conducted experiments, but none of them had any success. Leonardo was anxious to build a flying machine. He said: "He who knows all things can do all things. One has but to know and there will be wings." At first Leonardo worked on the problem of flight with the help of wings powered by human muscle strength: the idea of a simplest apparatus of Daedalus and Icarus. Later he came to the idea of building a device that did not require a man to be attached to it while being able to have the full freedom in order to control it, the machine was supposed to fly with the help of its own power. Essentially it was the idea of an airplane. For the construction and launch of the machine to be successful Leonardo was missing only one thing: the idea of an engine with sufficient power. The rest of it he already had. Leonardo da Vinci worked on the machine having a vertical take off and landing. On the vertical, Leonardo planned to place the system of retractable ladders. He used this example from nature: "Look at a stone Swift, who sat on the ground and could not take off because of his short legs, and when he is flying, pull out the ladder, this is how one should take off from the flat surface, these ladders serve as legs". As for landing, he wrote: "The hooks (cured wedges) that are attached to the bottom of ladder, serve the same purpose as the tips of the toes of a man who jumps on them without shaking his body as if he was jumping on heels". Leonardo da Vinci proposed the first scheme of the telescope with two lenses (now known as the Kepler telescope system). In the manuscript the "Atlantic Code", page 190A, there is a note: "Do spectacle lenses for your eyes to be able to see the Moon enlarged (Leonardo da Vinci LIL Codice Atlantico, I Tavole, SA 190A) List of inventions real and ascribe to him: Parachute 1483; Wheel lock; Bicycle; Tank; Light portable ladders for military applications; Spotlight; Catapult; Robot; Two-lens telescope.
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