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Leonardo 3

A cache by markino Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 08/28/2004
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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This is the third of three caches related to Leonardo in Milan.

Leonardo was born in Vinci, near Florence, the illegitimate son of a Florentine lawyer and a young country girl. He was brought up in his father's house and around the age of 15 was apprenticed to the artist Andrea del Verrochio. About 1482 Leonardo entered the service of the duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza, having written the duke an astonishing letter in which he stated that he could build portable bridges; that he knew the techniques of constructing bombardments and of making cannons; that he could build ships as well as armored vehicles, catapults, and other war machines; and that he could execute sculpture in marble, bronze, and clay. He served as principal engineer in the duke's numerous military enterprises and was active also as an architect. In addition, he assisted the Italian mathematician Luca Pacioli in the celebrated work Divina Proportione (1509). Evidence indicates that Leonardo had apprentices and pupils in Milan, for whom he probably wrote the various texts later compiled as Treatise on Painting (1651; translated 1956). The most important of his own paintings during the early Milan period was The Virgin of the Rocks, two versions of which exist (1483-1485, Louvre, Paris; 1490s to 1506-1508, National Gallery, London); he worked on the compositions for a long time, as was his custom, seemingly unwilling to finish what he had begun. From 1495 to 1497 Leonardo labored on his masterpiece, The Last Supper, a mural in the refectory of the Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan. Unfortunately, his experimental use of oil on dry plaster (on what was the thin outer wall of a space designed for serving food) was technically unsound, and by 1500 its deterioration had begun. Since 1726 attempts have been made, unsuccessfully, to restore it; a concerted restoration and conservation program, making use of the latest technology, was begun in 1977 and is reversing some of the damage. Although much of the original surface is gone, the majesty of the composition and the penetrating characterization of the figures give a fleeting vision of its vanished splendor. During his long stay in Milan, Leonardo also produced other paintings and drawings (most of which have been lost), theater designs, architectural drawings, and models for the dome of Milan Cathedral. His largest commission was for a colossal bronze monument to Francesco Sforza, father of Ludovico, in the courtyard of Castello Sforzesco. In December 1499, however, the Sforza family was driven from Milan by French forces; Leonardo left the statue unfinished (it was destroyed by French archers, who used the terra cotta model as a target) and he returned to Florence in 1500.
This is the third of three caches related to Leonardo in Milan.
Leonardo da Vinci painted the Last Supper in the canteen of the monastery of S.Maria delle Grazie, in the center of Milan. The Last Supper had a tremendous impact on the western art, for its dramatic force and for the beauty of its colours and nuances. Instead of painting the bread offering like the artists before him, Leonardo chooses the instant when Jesus tells the Apostles that one of them is a traitor. This way he can make a psychological portrait of the different reactions of everyone around the table. Jesus is alone, everyone is just trying to defend himself, you can nearly see the cross slowly rising behind him.
"Leonardo 3" cache was hidden near the monastery.
This cache is a microcache made with a small breath strip container, painted black, magnetic. It contains only a logbook, so bring a pen. It measures only 5x3x1 cm. Difficulty was set to 2 because this cache is located in the city, where sometimes, due to the tall buildings and small streets, GPS reception can be not so good.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ybbx ng gur ybjrfg jvaqbjf ng gur ortvaavat bs Ivn Ehssvav

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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