Leonardo DaVinci's skill was certainly an incredible phenomenon in the art world. He held a certain passion for art and all of his other work incorporated his incredible ability to put thought onto paper (or canvas).
He who scorns painting loves neither philosophy nor nature... [for] painting... is the sole imitator of all the manifest works of nature... a subtle invention, which with philosophical and subtle speculation consider all manner of forms: sea, land, trees, animals, plants, flowers, all of which are enveloped in light and shade. Truly this is science, the legitimate daughter of nature, because painting is born of nature; but more correctly... the granddaughter of nature, because all visible things have been brought forth by nature and it is among these that painting is born. Therefore we may justly speak of it as the granddaughter of nature and as the kin of God.
- Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo's painting reached beyond the surface and deep into spirituality. He did not dwell on the superficial and commonplace aspects of life but focused deeper into its inner meaning. Leonardo put mounds of preparation into his work which never comes into being without several sketches and alterations. The "Mona Lisa" is one of the most detailed and intricately painted human works having ever been painted by Leonardo. The paintings often reflected his scientific side as he had studied the human body and different aspects of it. His art delved into the geometric realm as he precariously painted buildings and rooms. One example of such geometric preparations is noticable in his painting titled "The Adoration of the Magi". Finally, Leonardo held high respect for the artistic portrayal of religous scenes such as his famous fresco "The Last Supper". The phrase "A picture is worth a thousand words" is many times more than the truth in regards to Leonardo's work.